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 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.
Reducing the risk of infection from Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Symptom Checker
Healthdirect has created an online COVID-19 symptom checker. Visit their website
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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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