Mossman Hospital first in region for online COVID test bookings

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COVID-19 testing appointments can be booked online for Mossman while Port Douglas testing is walk in only. Image: Karlie Brady.
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The Mossman Hospital COVID-19 fever clinic has become the first in the region to trial an online booking system for COVID testing.

The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service today launched the online booking portal for Mossman to streamline the testing process.

Last week Newsport reported the Mossman clinic was experiencing a huge demand for testing, due to a surge in tourists visiting and locals returning home from Christmas holiday, which was putting a strain on the system.

In response, a pop-up walk-in COVID testing centre was set up in the Port Douglas Community Hall, currently open this week between 8.30am to 12:00pm; and now this online system has been implemented, with testing demand still high across the region.


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A Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service spokesperson said the new system means if you are in the Mossman and Port Douglas area, you can go online and book the next available appointment.

“It is hoped by completing your information online, it will reduce time spent at the screening clinic and make the process speedier and simpler,” the spokesperson said.

“Once the trial is complete, we hope to roll this system out to all our testing and fever clinic locations.”

From January 22, 2020, until January 12, 2021, the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service has carried out a total 64,939 COVID-19 tests.


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To book online visit COVID-19 CHHHS Information.

And for those who can’t make their booking online, you can still call 0459 803 382 to make an appointment.

The Mossman Hospital drive through COVID-19 testing clinic is open 8.30am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday and 10:00am - 2:00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Bookings essential.

The QML Port Douglas walk in testing clinic at the Port Douglas Community Hall on Mowbray Street is open weekdays this week between 8.30am to 12:00pm.

This is a walk-up service – no bookings required.



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