Novel Coronavirus: ensuring your health is protected

Last updated on 26 March

St Vincent's Clinic is working closely with the State Government’s Department of Health to help protect and keep safe our patients, visitors, staff and doctors from COVID-19.

Your health is our number 1 priority. To ensure your health is protected, St Vincent’s Clinic has put in place safeguards and containment precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

 

To all visitors and patients

For the safety of our patients, you will be required to answer screening questions at our main entrance as of Monday 30th March

Please contact your Doctor for advice if you have:
developed COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath
been overseas in the last 14 days
been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case
been tested for COVID-19 and awaiting results

 

Your doctor’s appointment

In case of COVID-19 symptoms, recent overseas travel or concerns, please contact your doctor before your appointment to discuss.

If appropriate and whenever possible, alternative methods of conducting the appointment (such as phone consultation or tele-medicine) will be considered. If this is not an option, please consider deferring your appointment, unless it is medically necessary - contact your Doctor prior to arrival at the Clinic.

Please always contact your Doctor to discuss any concerns or questions prior to your appointment.

 

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Visits or admissions at St Vincent’s Private Hospital

The Private hospital remains open and fully functional, with the appropriate safeguards and containment precautions now in place.

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Testing / Fever Clinic

Please note there are no Fever Clinic / Coronavirus testing facilities at the Clinic. The Fever Clinic (which tests for COVID-19) is located at the St Vincent's Public Hospital:

390 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst (no need to call in advance and no pathology request from needed)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm  

Please ensure you wear a mask as you travel to and from the collection site. 

 

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

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 today on COVID-19 visit NSW Health

 

 

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