Niagara's two Assessment Centres, in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, are accepting self-referrals for COVID-19 testing. Anyone experiencing symptoms, or believes they may have been exposed to COVID, can self-refer by:
- Calling 905-378-4647 ext. 42819 (4-CV19) to receive an appointment and instructions on how to access the centres.
- Coming for a walk-in appointment. Please note that walk-ins are accepted until 4:30 p.m. Walk-in patients will be asked to remain in their vehicles until all registration and administrative procedures are completed. Depending on the number of walk-in patients, this may take 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
Since accepting self-referrals on May 25, Niagara Health Assessment Centre teams have completed over 2,100 tests. Over that time, more than 1,400 people have self-referred for a test or walked in to be tested.
Please note that calling ahead remains the quickest and most efficient way to be tested for COVID-19. In order to ensure timely registration and testing of patients, walk-ins will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
For safety reasons, Assessment Centres have separate entrances from the hospital. Those wishing to be tested for the novel coronavirus are asked not to arrive at the main entrance or through the Emergency Department.
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About Niagara's two Assessment Centres
The St. Catharines Assessment Centre is located behind the Walker Family Cancer Centre at the rear of the St. Catharines Site at 1200 Fourth Ave. The centre also has a drive-through service. Those eligible for this service will be notified when their appointment is booked.
The Niagara Falls Assessment Centre is located in the Allied Health building behind the Greater Niagara General Site located at 5673 North Street in Niagara Falls. There is no access to the Allied Health building from the hospital.