Novel Coronavirus: ensuring your health is protected

Last updated on 30 August 2023


If you are well, masks are no longer required to be worn in the public areas of St Vincent's Clinic.

We support your choice to choose to wear a mask if you wish to as a matter of personal choice.

Individual suites / Doctors may ask that you wear a mask when attending a consultation or have additional screening in place. Please check with your Doctor before arriving at the Clinic to prevent any inconvenience. 

Please wear a mask if you are unwell or have been a recent close contact with someone who is unwell.

Hand sanitizer is available at various points throughout the building for your use.



For elective patient admissions into hospital

For elective patient admissions into St Vincent’s hospitals, please be aware there may be additional requirements. For more information, visit St Vincent's Private Hospital website.


Your doctor’s appointment 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, have recently travelled overseas, or for any concerns, please contact your doctor before your arrival at the Clinic to discuss.


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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Symptom Checker

Healthdirect has created an online COVID-19 symptom checker. Visit their website 


COVID-19 Vaccines


What are Coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). In late 2019, a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans was identified in China – it is called the 2019-nCoV virus.

How is it spread?

Human coronaviruses are spread from someone with confirmed coronavirus to other close contacts with that person through contaminated droplets spread by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with contaminated hands, surfaces or objects.

The time between when a person is exposed to the virus and when symptoms first appear is typically 5 to 6 days, although may range from 2 to 14 days. For this reason, people who might have been in contact with a confirmed case are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Most COVID-19 cases appear to be spread from people who have symptoms. A small number of people may have been infectious before their symptoms developed.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptom is a fever. Other symptoms include: a cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.

What is the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?

I have symptoms. What should I do to protect myself and others?

Make sure to clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
Avoid close contact with everyone and practice social distancing
Make sure you stay home and call your GP or healthdirect on 1800 022 222 for guidance


For more information, and to stay up to date on COVID-19 visit NSW Health