Drive-through coronavirus testing clinic opens at Jannali

Another drive-through coronavirus testing clinic has opened in Sutherland Shire.

The clinic opened on Monday in the car park of Dr Tom Parmakellis's surgery at the corner of Box Road and Roberts Street, Jannali, next to the Metro petrol station.

The service is a partnership between Laverty Pathology and Dr Parmakellis and operates from 8am to midday Monday to Friday. No appointment is necessary.

There are four parking spots, where people are swabbed.

Twenty-five tests were conducted on Monday, with similar demand on Tuesday morning.

The shire's first drive-through clinic, run by the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, began operating last week at the Multi-Purpose Centre in Flora Street, Sutherland.

A health service spokeswoman said nearly 500 tests were conducted in the first five days.

The demand was such that many people faced a long wait and others were advised to go to the clinic in the old emergency department at Sutherland Hospital.

Drive-through clinic tests at Sutherland are conducted from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. No referral or appointment is required.

The Sutherland Hospital clinic operates seven days a week.

People who are feeling unwell can also make a phone or video appointment with a GP, who makes an assessment and safely arranges a test if needed.

Dr Marianne Gale, the health district's director, population and community health, said anyone experiencing fever or respiratory symptoms - even if mild - was encouraged to promptly seek testing.

"I would urge anyone experiencing even mild symptoms like a scratchy throat or runny nose to be tested," she said.