COVID-19 Update - April 2020

Updated: Jun 2, 2020

The Australian Department of Health is managing the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia as a Health Emergency.

In response to the developing COVID-19 pandemic and with advice from the Health Department, Leichhardt General Practice will be triaging 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.

However, if you have any of the following symptoms, fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose, 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.

Leichhardt General Practice is not able to provide an onsite COVID-19 virus swab testing. We request 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 on 1800 020 080 for advice regarding assessment.

Anyone who has recently travelled overseas or has had close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, is at risk of contracting and spreading the virus. 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 also be at a higher risk of infection. All people arriving in Australia from overseas including transit passengers and those required to isolate by the government, must remain isolated for 14 days, to protect others from the virus.

These people must self isolate, except for seeking medical care and testing. They must not go to work, school, or public areas, and not use public transportation or taxis until cleared by the NSW Public Health Unit. Healthcare workers or residential aged care workers cannot attend work for 14 days. Returned travellers should self-monitor for symptoms, practice social distancing and immediately isolate themselves if they become unwell.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit the Department of Health website.