Novel Coronavirus: ensuring your health is protected

Last updated on 24 March 2022

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

All patients and visitors must wear a mask unless you hold a valid exemption. Please do not attend the Clinic if you have cold or flu symptoms, have been diagnosed with COVID or are a close contact of someone with COVID.

Please contact your Doctor to discuss telehealth arrangements if appropriate. 

Prior to entering the Clinic, you will be required to wear a mask in all areas of the building. 

On arrival:

  • Check in with reception in the location of your appointment (each suite) and use the NSW Government QR code system if directed.
  • Maintain 1.5 metre physical distance between yourself and others at all times.
  • Follow the directions of staff and safety signage.
  • Individual Practices may require additional screening or COVID-19 precautions. Please speak to your Doctor if you have any questions.


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:


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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