Three new RAT collection sites launch as at-home COVID care supports 400 kids

Three new Rapid Antigen Test collection sites open while 400 children with COVID-19 been supported through online COVIDKids care service.

South Australians are getting easier and quicker access to Rapid Antigen Tests through the opening of three new sites this week.

One of the new collection sites is in The Paddocks near the corner of Kesters and Bridge roads is open today, while another site in Playford was expected to be operational by the end of the week.

It follows yesterday’s opening of a collection site at the Noarlunga Interchange car park, bringing the total number to four metro and eight regional sites throughout South Australia.

Premier Steven Marshall said the state’s new sites create easier access to the tests.

“Ensuring easy access to Rapid Antigen Tests for are close contacts is another plank in our strong plan in response to the Omicron variant,” Premier Marshall said.

“These three new sites, which complement the South Parklands supersite and our numerous regional sites, will help keep South Australians safe and our economy strong.”

The RAT collection sites will provide two free RATs for people who are considered close contacts and will allow an increase in the number of tests taken to get a clearer picture of how many COVID positive people are in the community.

If you don’t have immediate access to a RAT test and you are a close contact, or have symptoms, South Australians are advised to use one of the more than 80 PCR testing sites throughout the state.

The Salisbury Site will be open from 8.00am to 6.00pm, 7 days a week, however it is important to note that these times may vary.

Entry by vehicle, bicycle or walk-ins are accepted although South Australians must register with SA Health before entry. Entry to the site will be from Bridge Rd via the entrance closest to the Wanderers Netball clubrooms and the exit will be via Kesters Rd.

Meanwhile, almost 400 children with COVID-19 have been able to get the care they need through the innovative online COVIDKids care service.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said 96 percent of children have avoided a trip to hospital thanks to the $3.7 million service which provides online care and guidance to COVID-positive kids and their families. 

“Children who are referred to COVIDKids receive regular online check-ups, support and advice from the comfort and safety of their own home,” Minister Wade said.

“If a child needs in-person care, the COVIDKids team can organise for them to attend hospital safely where the appropriate care is provided in a purpose-built clinical area.

“Close to 400 patients have been referred to this service and have been able to access in-person and virtual care from experienced paediatric nurses, doctors and other supporting staff from the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.

“Almost 70 children have avoided a direct trip to the Paediatric Emergency Department after being referred into COVIDKids by the South Australian Ambulance Service.”

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