Our Testing Clinic
We continue to offer COVID-19 testing at North Richmond Community Health.
Testing Clinic Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.
During 1pm to 3pm from Monday to Friday, our COVID-19 testing team provides doorstep testing for North Richmond Housing Estate residents who are isolating or have mobility issues.
Our Information (Concierge) Station
Our Information (Concierge) Station is easily accessible to residents of the Richmond Housing Estate.
We are providing residents with welfare checks, health information and information about testing and documenting support needs.
Between 106 and 108 Elizabeth Street, Richmond (in line of sight with North Richmond Community Health)
Operating days and hours:
Monday to Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm
North Richmond Community Health proactive response to COVID-19
Stage 4 restrictions
NRCH continues to support our clients using Telehealth and our clients can still make an appointment directly with us. We are encouraging our clients to access these services to limit their time out of their home and to comply with the Victoria State of Disaster requirements. Any client having urgent or critical care requirements should contact the centre to discuss their individual support requirements.
For medical emergencies please call 000.
NRCH is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and has taken proactive steps to lower the risk of transmission in our local community, whilst continuing to offer our vital services to the Richmond community.
The COVID-19 measures implemented have been in consultation with health authorities and may be subject to change based on official advice.
If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please call our reception on 9418 9800 before coming to the centre. To prioritise the health and safety of our staff and clients throughout this process, all incoming clients who show symptoms will be screened to determine if they may be at risk.
We are taking action to continue protecting the health of our clients and the broader community. This includes encouraging good hand hygiene practises and physical distancing strategies across all of our services to provide continued safe, and excellent care.
Our services (including the MSIR) are open with many of our services offering Telehealth options. It remains our priority to continue to offer safe health services to clients.
As you will appreciate, the situation is moving rapidly and we will update you if and when our response changes.
Find out what Telehealth options are available for our service here. Please call our reception on 9418 9800 for more advice on Telehealth appointments.
In addition to the usual services at MSIR, staff are checking the temperature of clients and providing COVID-19 awareness health messages to each client.
As many of our clients do not have access to televisions, radios, computers and phones, or speak different languages, we are providing up to date health information to provide comprehensive public health messages.
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), caused by a newly identified coronavirus and previously known as novel coronavirus (nCoV-2019), was first identified in Hubei Province, China, and has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization.
Where can you find the most up to date information?
The Department of Health and Human (DHHS) services website is the best place to find the most up to date information on COVID-19. Visit their website for information on symptoms, reducing risks and preparing for an outbreak.
Where can you find translated information?
Physical distancing measures at NRCH
North Richmond Community Health (NRCH) is implementing new and stricter rules on physical distancing consistent with directives from the Victorian Government in recent days.
In line with these directives, our facilities remain open to deliver essential health services to the community.
We are requiring all visitors to adhere to the following physical distancing measures:
- no more than 1 person for every 4 square metres of space
- don’t be closer than 1.5 metres from another person
In order to enforce these distancing requirements, we have:
- limited visitors coming into the building to 1 visitor/carer per client
- spread out the seating in our waiting rooms
- marked out 1.5 metre distances on our floors at our receptions
- installed highly visible signage that outlines the new requirements and COVID-19 health information
- limited our café service to takeaway only
- closed the back entrance to our building
- begun temperature checking clients before they enter the front entrance of the building as a precaution.
In addition, we are strictly enforcing physical distance for all MSIR clients within the injecting facility.
Further health and safety actions
As advised by the Victorian Government, we have taken the following actions to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus by:
- purchasing supplies to help limit infection, for example, alcohol sanitisers and soap
- providing and promoted sanitisers for use on entering our buildings
- increasing our environmental cleaning
- cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces regularly, including desks and keyboards
- promoting preventive actions amongst our staff
- ensuring the highest hygiene practices in the café
- avoiding large indoor meetings
- actively encouraging sick employees to stay home
- planning for what to do if staff arrive sick at work
- displaying education materials that can be downloaded and printed from our coronavirus website section
- keeping our staff informed of the actions we are taking
- cancelling all staff work related travel
- encouraging flexible working arrangements, including working from home for staff where this is possible
We are proactively working with Victoria Police to help implement physical distancing measures in the perimeter of NRCH. Our security staff are assisting in this effort where appropriate to do so.
If further measures are needed to protect the local community and prevent the spread of COVID-19 we will take them.