The Australian Government Department of Health continues to manage the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia as a Health Emergency.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Leichhardt General Practice will continue to triage all patients prior to being permitted to attend the practice to ensure the safety of all patients and staff. Our doctors may offer a face to face patient consult for cases that are considered safe and clinically appropriate. We now are asking all patients over 12 years to wear a mask upon entering the practice. This is for personal protection as well as for the protection of others.
If you have any of the following symptoms fever (temperature over 37.5), cough, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell and or loss of taste, you must call us first on (02) 9561 0300 and let reception know you have the above as you may be at risk of having the COVID-19 virus.
We will be able to provide advice and assistance over the phone.
Please refrain from entering the practice without phoning and receiving this advice first.
People with existing illnesses that make them more vulnerable to respiratory diseases, including those with diabetes, chronic lung disease, pre-existing kidney failure, suppressed immunity and older people may be at a higher risk of infection.
If your doctor has assessed you as being at high risk of severe illness if you contract COVID-19, this action plan will help you manage risks. Coronavirus (COVID-19) action plan PDF.
Leichhardt General Practice is not able to provide an onsite COVID-19 virus swab testing.
We are requesting that patients do not present at the practice with symptoms, referrals can be obtained through our COVID-19 phone triage consultation service. Please call reception on (02) 9561-0300 to arrange an over the phone consultation with our triaging doctor.
Alternately, if you are unsure where or whether to seek treatment call the Health Direct Helpline on 1800 022 222 to speak with a registered nurse or the COVID-19 National Hotline (1800 020 080) for advice regarding assessment.
Information for travellers and close contacts of COVID-19 positive cases
Currently anyone who has recently travelled overseas, patients who have recently visited and returned from Melbourne, Victoria NSW, or patients who have had close contact with someone being tested and /or confirmed to have COVID-19, may potentially be at risk of contracting and spreading the virus.
All travellers, even if currently feeling well, who arrive in Australia from overseas (including transit passengers) are required by the government to enter into a designated quarantine accommodation facility (hotel) and remain isolated for 14 days, to protect others from the virus.
For information on leaving hotel quarantine, refer to Release from isolation.
Some travellers who have been granted an exemption from a designated quarantine facility and can isolate at home must do so in accordance with relevant isolation advice.
not travel by public transport to get to their home, or point of onward travel
have clear rows in front and behind if travelling by aircraft
if travelling to another state, they must have clearance to travel to that state.
People travelling to other states or territories are subject to isolation requirements and advice of that State or Territory upon arrival.
Close contacts can return to daily activities if they have:
completed the 14-day isolation period and
they have not shown any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 during this time.
For close contacts, testing or medical clearance from a health care provider is not required for release from isolation or for other purposes such as returning to work, school or university.
For the latest COVID-19 updates visit the Department of Health website.