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Coronavirus clinics in Penrith, Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Hawkesbury

01 Apr 2020

 

There are currently four coronavirus testing clinics operating at hospitals in our Local Health District.

These clinics are for people who:

  • have returned from overseas in the past 14 days and develop respiratory illness with or without fever
  • have been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days and develop respiratory illness with or without fever
  • have severe community-acquired pneumonia and there is no clear cause
  • have been sent for a COVID-19 test from their GP or the Public Health Unit
  • are a healthcare worker, working directly with patients, and have a respiratory illness and a fever

Coronavirus clinics are accessed from outside the hospitals. Please do not walk through the hospital.

There are signs to guide you to the clinic. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Clinics:

  • Blue Mountains Hospital (Education Unit) (9am to 5pm, 7 days)
  • Lithgow Hospital (via main entrance) (10am to 3pm, 7 days)
  • Nepean Hospital (via West Block entrance) (10:30am to 6pm, 7 days)
  • Hawkesbury Hospital (a mobile clinic van) (10am- to 3pm, Monday to Friday)

During Easter the Clinics will continue to operate to the standard hours listed above.

Every patient who is tested at our clinics will be contacted with their results. This may take up to 7 days depending on demand.

Patients must stay in home isolation until they receive their test results and notify their GP of any information given.

 

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Coronavirus clinic signage at Nepean Hospital

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and our hospitals have well established plans for handling respiratory infections, like COVID-19 and influenza. These plans are reviewed regularly and updated to reflect the latest advice and research.

Staff are trained in world’s best practice for infection control and prevention which helps to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe.

NSW Health has a one-stop website for information about COVID-19 for the community and health professionals.

There a few simple things everyone can do to help keep themselves and others safe:

  • keep your hands clean by washing them often with soap and water or using hand sanitiser
  • avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose as the virus can enter your body if it’s on your hands and you rub your eyes or touch your nose or mouth
  • maintain social distance when you can, 1.5 metres between you and others is good
  • if you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others
  • sneeze and cough into your elbow rather than your hand
  • use disposable tissues
  • keep your distance from those who are coughing and sneezing
  • stay home if you are unwell and call, not visit, your own GP or call Healthdirect on 1 800 022 222 for advice.

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