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COVID-19

 
Information for Patients
 
 

What if I have symptoms of COVID?

 

Symptoms you should be watching out for are:

  • Temperature over 37.5 C

  • Dry cough

  • Sore or itchy throat

  • Headache

  • Fatigue

  • Shortness of breath

  • Difficulty breathing.

When to do a PCR or a Rapid Antigen Test

The rules about when to get a PCR (nose and throat swab) test have changed.

 Most people can now use a rapid antigen test to confirm they are positive for COVID-19.
 
You should do a rapid antigen test if you’re:
•    feeling sick with COVID symptoms 
•    a contact of a positive case
•    planning to attend a gathering or visit a vulnerable person 
•    a worker, resident, patient, or client in a high-risk setting where there is a current outbreak
•    going into hospital for a procedure (if the hospital requires it)
•    entering NSW from overseas.

You only then need to confirm your positive rapid antigen test with a PCR test if you are: 

  • more than 20 weeks pregnant

  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

  • unvaccinated – 16 years and over

  • immunosuppressed

  • a worker, resident, patient, or client in a high-risk setting (such as healthcare, aged care,       disability care, and correctional facilities) where there is not a current confirmed outbreak. 

  • asked to by a registered medical practitioner.

Who should get a COVID-19 test (nsw.gov.au)

Getting tested for COVID-19  Fact Sheet  (nsw.gov.au)

 

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 Fact Sheet (nsw.gov.au)

If you are wanting  to speak with one of our doctors our receptionists are able book you in either for a phone or telehealth consult.

Please note the cost of the phone call consultation may not be covered by Medicare.


Your options will most likely include:

  • Stay at home until you are feeling better if it is deemed there is no risk of COVID

  • Get tested for COVID (your doctor will explain how to go about this)

  • See a doctor or respiratory clinic if you sound unwell

  • Attend hospital emergency department if you become very unwell.