Hunter New England Health closes Tomaree Sports Complex COVID-19 testing clinic due to hazardous weather

NO GO: The Tomaree Sports Complex drive through COVID-19 testing clinic was closed on Monday due to hazardous weather.
NO GO: The Tomaree Sports Complex drive through COVID-19 testing clinic was closed on Monday due to hazardous weather.

Hunter New England Health has closed the Tomaree COVID-19 drive through testing clinic due to hazardous weather conditions.

The health authority said Tomaree Sports Complex clinic would be closed all day on Monday, coming as the NSW Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for the Hunter coastline, which takes in Port Stephens.

"Those booked at the Tomaree drive through clinic today [August 10] can have their swab attended at a temporary clinic which has been set up at Tomaree Community Hospital," HNEH said.

"This clinic will operate from 9am to 3pm today [Monday].

"Those wishing to be tested must call (02) 4964 7497 to arrange an appointment prior to attending."

Alternatively, Port Stephens residents seeking a COVID test can contact their GP for a referral to the Laverty Pathology clinic at Tomaree Community Hospital or book a test through Raymond Terrace Respiratory Clinic.

Laverty Pathology's clinic is available from 8.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday. Tests through the Raymond Terrace clinic are for patients displaying respiratory symptoms and are by appointment only by phoning (02) 4983 0900 or click here.

The hazardous weather conditions, which includes heavy rain, damaging winds and surf, will also see the University of Newcastle COVID-19 drive through clinic closed early - at 2pm.

"Those who are booked in at the University of Newcastle clinic will have their appointment rescheduled, or can attend one of our clinics at John Hunter, Belmont, or Calvary Mater Newcastle hospitals, or one of the privately run testing clinics available in Tomaree, Adamstown and Warners Bay," HNEH said.

COVID-19 testing is also available at Maitland Hospital's walk-in clinic which operates seven days a week between 9am and 4pm and Newcastle's John Hunter and Calvary Mater hospitals.