Staff inside the Blue Mountains Hospital COVID Clinic
Our COVID clinics: Ready, willing and able
Last updated 14 May 2020
Just over two months have passed since our COVID-19 Clinics were set up, and the teams at our Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Nepean and Hawkesbury COVID-19 Clinics have collectively carried out more than 20,500 tests.
David Sutton, who is usually an Anaesthetic Nurse for Theatres, has been part of the Blue Mountains COVID-19 Clinic since it started in March, switching roles when elective surgery was scaled back.
“Once the hot spot listing hit, we were regularly getting over 100 swabs a day and it hasn’t slowed down yet,” says Mr Sutton.
“A lot of people are understandably nervous when they come in, so we just try to reassure them and create a warm and friendly environment,” he says.
Just like Penrith; Lithgow and Blue Mountains experienced a surge in testing when NSW Health labelled it as a 'hot spot'.
To cater for demand, the Blue Mountains clinic reworked their model to provide dedicated parking, increased waiting room capacity, set up a second swabbing station, and had two nursing teams on at the one time along with increased clerical support.
Thanks to the tremendous testing efforts by staff and response by the community, the ‘hot spot’ listings were removed about a week later.
More information about our COVID Clinics including the opening times.
In addition to our 4 hospital-based clinics there is also GP-led respiratory clinics in the Penrith and the Blue Mountains.
For more advice about COVID-19 please visit the NSW Health website.