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Specialist medical support for COVID-19 outbreak at Newmarch House

23 Apr 2020

 

Nepean Blue Mountains Local District has been providing medical support at Newmarch House to support residents and staff since the onset of COVID-19 in the residential aged care facility at Caddens.

Senior infectious disease physician Dr James Branley and a team of nursing staff from Nepean Hospital have been caring for residents in Newmarch.

A specialist team of doctors and nurses provide medical reviews and medical intervention is delivered face-to-face through the ‘Hospital in the Home’ program. Specialist geriatric care is delivered face-to-face and using telehealth through the ‘Virtual Aged Care Service’.

A nurse practitioner also undertakes regular reviews of patients’ health status and vital signs remotely from Nepean Hospital throughout the day.

The District Public Health team works to identify the source and spread of transmission through contact tracing and ensure staff and residents are re-tested regularly.

Nepean Hospital’s Infection Control Service is currently providing support to Newmarch House around the facility’s infection control procedures.

This specialist care is in addition to general practitioner and Commonwealth Health Department support that is also provided.