Novel Coronavirus: ensuring your health is protected

Last updated on 27 August 2021

Your health is our number 1 priority. To help keep each other safe, St Vincent’s Clinic has put in place safeguards and containment precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

To all patients and visitors - please note:

In response to continued community transmission of COVID-19, St Vincent’s Clinic has implemented strict screening procedures for all visitors to the Clinic. At this time, we ask that friends and family members do not attend the clinic unless required for care and support for an appointment. Please contact your Doctor to discuss telehealth arrangements if appropriate. 

Prior to entering the Clinic, you will be required to:

  • Wear a mask
  • Check the close and casual contact places here. You will not be allowed to enter the Clinic if you have COVID-19 symptoms, if you are awaiting COVID-19 test results, if you have been to any close and casual contact venues or if you have been overseas in the past 14 days. If this is your case and you already have an appointment, please contact your specialist  for advice prior to attending for your consultation.
  • Check in with the NSW Government QR code system at Reception on L4. For your convenience, we recommend that you install the Service NSW app on your mobile for an easy check-in.
  • Go through a health screening at entry comprising an exposure assessment, a symptom and temperature check at our main entrance (L4).
  • Maintain 1.5 metre physical distance between yourself and others at all times.
  • Follow the directions of staff

Clinic Policy from Wednesday 1 September for patients and visitors from all areas of concern

 We have updated the screening requirements for patients who cannot be managed via telehealth and whose residential address is within the Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and Penrith areas (please see here all areas of concern) given the number of cases in these communities.

In addition to the ongoing screening criteria, from Wednesday 1 September, all patients and visitors from all areas of concerns are required to get tested and to have a proof of having a negative COVID-19 result within the past 72 hours prior to entering the Clinic. Patients without this evidence will be asked to leave the Clinic. As the situation and guidance is changing regularly we recommend contacting your Doctor in advance of your appointment to ensure you have the most current information.

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 health is our number one priority


Your doctor’s appointment 


If you have COVID-19 symptoms, have recently travelled overseas or through Victoria, or for any concerns, please contact your doctor before your arrival at the Clinic 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. Please always contact your Doctor to discuss any concerns or questions prior to your appointment.

 

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Testing / Fever Clinic

Please note there are no Fever Clinic / Coronavirus testing facilities at St Vincent's Clinic.

For your nearest COVID-19 testing facility, go to: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics

 

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

 

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.

Learn more

 

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 today on COVID-19 visit NSW Health

 

 

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