GENERAL practices in Stawell have addressed rumours Melbourne residents are trying to book doctors appointments in the town as an excuse to get out of lockdown.
Stawell Regional Health chief executive Kate Pryde said she was not aware of that happening in Stawell Medical Centre, the clinic SRH oversees.
Representatives of Patrick Street Family Practice and Dr David Lia said the same thing, with the latter saying the clinic had not accepted any new patients since coronavius restrictions came into effect.
Mrs Pryde said there were "high levels of anxiety" in the community around the spread of coronavirus in Melbourne.
"Today we expanded our respiratory clinic (COVID-19 testing) service to five days a week, the same as what it was in the blitz era," she said.
"We run a two-tiered clinic for people that have minor symptoms or significant symptoms."
Mrs Pryde said around 30 people were being tested at the Stawell clinic each day.
Mask guidelines unchanged in Stawell, West Wimmera
Mrs Pryde said Stawell Regional Health was following Department of Health and Human Services guidelines around hospital visits.
"The statewide directive is that visitors to hospitals are required to wear masks if visiting patients, and we strongly discourage visits," she said.
A DHHS checklist developed to support Victorian hospitals recommends hospitals supply hand sanitiser at the entrance, and that institutions in the Melbourne metropolitan area or Mitchell Shire have an adequate supply of single use masks to provide to visitors.
At the Nhill-based West Wimmera Health Service, acting chief executive Darren Welsh said it was not mandating the wearing of masks by visitors.
"Visitors are coming in by appointment only, and people are being extensively screened," he said.
Mr Welsh said as of last week, the service's visiting dental surgeon, who lives in Melbourne, was not coming to Nhill until further notice.
"It certainly would push out some waiting times, at this point in times we are in a good position, but we will continue to monitor that as the situation changes in Victoria," he said.
Mr Welsh said the WWHS had never opened a testing clinic, but only tested health workers.
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