Orange's first GP-led COVID-19 respiratory clinic is expected to be operating next week.
While a date and venue for Orange have not yet been confirmed the Western NSW Primary Health Network, which has been involved in the process of establishing the clinics, said the Orange and Cowra clinics were expected to be up and running next week.
The clinics are springing up across Western NSW as statewide restrictions are eased and the wait begins for a potential second wave of infections.
The Dubbo clinic took its first patients last week while clinics at Cobar and Mudgee opened their doors this week. It said work was underway into a clinic at Broken Hill while a clinic at Bathurst has been operational for two weeks.
The federal government is spending $206.7 million on clinics run by selected GPs under its COVID-19 National Health Plan.
Treatment and tests at the clinics are free.
Federal Minister for Regional Health Mark Coulton has encouraged residents with coronavirus-like symptoms to use the clinics instead of their GPs.
"The federal government has committed to establishing up to 100 GP-led respiratory clinics across Australia to assess patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms," he said.
"These respiratory clinics are best placed to support people with a fever, cough, sore throat and other respiratory symptoms and will help to avoid the risk of infection in our local communities."
The Member for Calare Andrew Gee said testing was vital. "In the absence of a vaccine, testing is a key weapon in the fight against COVID-19," he said.
"The faster we can test and isolate cases, the more lives we can save, and the fewer lockdown restrictions we need."
Western NSW PHN CEO Andrew Harvey said the clinics provided "added comfort for people without respiratory complaints to continue to visit their GP and other health professionals for regular check-ups and other issues".
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