If you could be at risk of having the COVID19 virus & are planning to see one of our doctors here at Leichhardt General Practice, you must call first on 9561 0300 and let reception know. We will be able to provide advice & assistance over the phone. Please refrain from entering the practice without phoning and receiving advice first.
a history of travel in/transit through any overseas country in the last 14 days before illness onset?; or
had close contact with a confirmed case of the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID19)?;
acute respiratory infection, with or without fever, showing at least one of the following symptoms, with or without fever?: - shortness of breath - cough - sore throat
Seeking medical attention
If you are unsure of where/whether to seek treatment, please call the Health Direct Helpline on 1800 022 222 to speak with a registered nurse, or the COVID-19 National Hotline at 1800 020 080, for advice regarding assessment.
Leichhardt General Practice is not able to provide a COVID-19 virus swab testing service. However, there are dedicated Douglas Hanly Moir Collection centres at Marrickville, Earlwood, Gladesville, Five Dock and Balmain. There are also Laverty Pathology centres at Concord and Earlwood. Please note that you must have a referral from a doctor and call the collection centre to book an appointment prior to visiting.
As we are requesting that patients do not present themselves at the practice with symptoms, referrals can be obtained through our COVID-19 phone triage consultation service. Please call reception on (02) 9561 0200 to arrange an over the phone consultation with our triaging doctor.
Likewise, it is important to call first before attending a Hospital Emergency Department should you develop the above symptoms, which should be described along with the details of your travel history.
All People arriving in Australia from particularly mainland China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore or Thailand (including transit passengers) should remain isolated for 14 days after departing the above countries, to protect others from the virus.
Those in self-isolation, except to seek medical care and testing, must not go to work, school, public areas, nor use public transportation or taxis until cleared by the public health unit.
Healthcare workers or residential aged care workers cannot attend work for 14 days after leaving Italy. Returned travellers from other higher risk countries should self-monitor for symptoms, practice social distancing and immediately isolate themselves if they become unwell.
Who is at Risk?
Anyone who has recently travelled overseas, or had close contact with someone confirmed to have the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is at risk of contracting the virus.
Those more vulnerable to respiratory diseases such as older people and people with existing illnesses such as diabetes, chronic lung disease, pre-existing kidney failure and suppressed immunity, may be at a higher risk of infection.
For latest COVID-19 updates, please visit the Department of Health website.