COVID-19 TESTING IN CASTLE HILL

COVID-19 testing is now available in Castle Hill at a GP-led Respiratory Clinic in Castle Mall.

The clinic is already taking bookings for tests. Patients do not require a referral, and the services are free of charge.

The Castle Hill Respiratory Clinic was built from scratch as the result of a close collaboration between the Department of Health, WentWest, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN), and Castle Hill Medical Centre (CHMC).

It is the third to open in Western Sydney. Patients will be able to receive an assessment, testing, and diagnosis when presenting moderate respiratory symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, coughing, tiredness or shortness of breath.

Ian Lowe, CHMC’s CEO identified the importance of setting up a clinic to provide ease of access to COVID-19 testing in Castle Hill:

“We’re very pleased to be in a position to construct this clinic to serve our community. The support of WentWest played a vital part in the establishment of the site and the ability to offer respiratory assessments to the wider Hills residents.

“The staff at Castle Hill Medical Centre and our contractors have built the clinic from scratch, in a matter of three weeks, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer a well-resourced space that ensures safety for both staff and patients.”

WentWest CEO, Ray Messom has acknowledged the need of such a clinic in Castle Hill, to reduce pressure on local general practice and hospital COVID-19 testing services and emergency departments, while providing patients with the opportunity to receive greater access to assessment and testing to continue to flatten the curve.

The clinic will offer testing for COVID-19, when clinically indicated, and results will be provided to patients through phone, SMS, or other forms of communication. Patients will then be referred to their GP for ongoing treatment, in which case, results can also be provided to their GP by the clinic for further assessments.

The opening was welcomed by both Federal Member for Mitchell Alex Hawke and Federal Member for Berowra Julian Leeser who said it would serve their communities well.

Mr Hawke MP hailed the clinic as a crucial and alternative support for patients who require immediate COVID-19 assessment and testing.

“It has been a huge amount of work for Castle Hill Medical Centre to establish this clinic. Their team have worked incredibly hard and I thank them for taking on this important service.”

Julian Leeser MP said: “The opening of the clinic is well timed. If you have any symptoms at all and live in the Hills area, you should book an appointment immediately and get tested.”

Appointments are required for assessment and treatment at the clinic, with online bookings as the preferred method of securing an appointment. Patients do not require a referral.

Book online at castlehillmedicalcentre.com.au or calling 9634 5000.

Castle Hill Respiratory Clinic is located at Level 1, Castle Mall, 4-16 Terminus Street, Castle Hill