Australia has been given its first drive-through COVID-19 test collection centre, which can be found at Adelaide’s reactivated Repat site.

The aim of the clinic is to support GPs and ease pressure on hospital emergency departments, in an effort by the State Government to offer protection from the potential impacts of the coronavirus.

The collection service in Repat is designed for patients who have been assessed and received a referral from their GPs, with specimen tests being taken by qualified SA Pathology nurses.

Those tested will have a swab taken from the back of their throat and nose while sitting behind the wheel, testing patients every 20 minutes.

Earlier today, Premier Stephen Marshall also announced a $350 million stimulus package, with various projects, including the clinic, to help minimise and prepare South Australia of the coronavirus outbreak.

“This new clinic forms part of our strong plan which is singularly focused on ensuring South Australia is prepared for the impact of the coronavirus,” says Premier Marshall.

“The people of South Australia can be assured that we are a government with a plan in place to tackle the impact of this virus and that we have world-class clinicians working around the clock preparing for all scenarios.”

The drive-through COVID-19 testing centre can be found at the Repat on Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 4.30 pm. Patients will be required to book in advance.