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The first federally funded respiratory clinic in South Australia has opened this week to help reduce the demands placed on frontline workers by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Parkside based Adelaide Central Respiratory Clinic is one of up to 100 practice respiratory clinics being established across the country to provide dedicated services to people with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or fatigue, in addition to services available within public hospitals and general practices.

Adelaide Public Health Network (Adelaide PHN) are supporting the formation of the GP-led respiratory clinics in South Australia, with two more set to be established in Adelaide’s metropolitan area.

Patients with the aforementioned symptoms can book by telephone for an appointment with a GP at the clinic, with COVID-19 testing available to those who meet the required testing criteria.

Once diagnosed for their ailment and provided initial advice by the treating GP, patients will be referred back to their usual doctor if appropriate.

Patients looking to book with the Adelaide Central Respiratory Clinic can do so by calling 0401 142 608, with online booking described as being available “soon” from the hotdoc website and app.

To find out where other respiratory clinics are in each state go to the Department of Health’s website.

At the time of writing, South Australia has recorded 433 cases of COVID-19, with four people losing their lives to the disease.