MORE clinics have opened for COVID-19 testing with three clinics in Windsor and drive-in clinics at both Clarendon and Carlingford. There are also clinics at Bella Vista, Castle Hill, Richmond and Riverstone. NSW Health recommends that anyone with respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever should be tested for COVID-19. Symptoms including fever (above 37.5) cough, sore/scratchy throat and shortness of breath.
Other reported symptoms of COVID-19 include loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.
Free COVID-19 testing in the Hills to Hawkesbury area is available at several locations. Patients do not require a referral. NSW Health has been urging anyone experiencing respiratory symptoms to be assessed and tested to detect new cases of community transmission. The Windsor Respiratory Clinic, a GP-led COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic is one of the newest and was opened at the end of June, next door to Myhealth Medical Centre at 6 Kable Street, Windsor. It is one of 100 federally funded clinics being rolled out across the country. The service will assess people with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms such as a sore throat, fever, cough or shortness. Lizz Reay, CEO of Wentworth Healthcare said, “The GP-led COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic will be helpful to both patients and general practices in the area by redirecting people with respiratory symptoms, therefore allowing other patients to safely attend their own general practice.”
Testing at the Clinic is by appointment only and bookings are made online. There is no need for a referral and the service is free however, patients should consult with their regular GP before booking. The Clinic is next to the Myhealth Medical Centre at 6 Kable Street, Windsor and is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 5.30pm. Appointments can be made by visiting www.nbmphn.com.au/GPCOVIDClinics. Patients will receive their test results via phone or SMS and will be referred back to their usual GP for ongoing management.
Other locations are:
•• BELLA VISTA CLINICAL LABS PATHOLOGY (L1 Unit 104 Lexington Drive) Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. On Saturdays it is drive-through only from 8am to noon. Bookings online via clinicallabs.simplybook.me/v2/
•• CARLINGFORD DRIVE-THROUGH CLINIC at Murray Farm Reserve, 71 Murray Farm Road, which is open 9am to 4pm from Monday to Friday.
•• CASTLE HILL RESPIRATORY CLINIC (located at Level 1, Castle Mall, 4-16 Terminus Street, Castle Hill) open 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Call 9634 5000 to make an appointment or book online at castlehillmedicalcentre.com.au
•• HAWKESBURY SHOWGROUND DRIVE-IN CLINIC at Hawkesbury Showground, Racecourse Rd, Clarendon, 10am to 12.30pm and between 1pm to 3pm Monday to Friday. Entry via Gate 3.
•• RICHMOND LAVERTY PATHOLOGY Consult room 9 at The Hawkesbury Family Practice, (86 Lennox St, Richmond). Open 8am to noon, Monday to Friday.
•• RIVERSTONE RESPIRATORY CLINIC (Corner of Market and George St) Monday to Friday between 8am to 4pm by appointment only. Call 9059 6980 or book online.
•• SEVEN HILLS LAVERTY PATHOLOGY (156 Best Road, Seven Hills), Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.
•• WINDSOR CLINICAL LABS PATHOLOGY (2 Day Street, Windsor) Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. Bookings online via clinicallabs. simplybook.me/v2/
•• WINDSOR DOUGLASS HANLY MOIR (310 George Street, Windsor) 7.40am to 3pm Monday to Friday Booking required, call 1800 026 622 or (02) 9111 3405.
•• Testing for COVID-19 is also available at BLACKTOWN HOSPITAL, 18 Blacktown Rd seven days a week 8am to 11pm.
•• WESTMEAD HOSPITAL seven days a week between 7am and 9pm For a full list of COVID-19 Clinics visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx NSW Health is urging anyone feeling unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms to self-isolate from others and come forward for COVID-19 testing. Visit a COVID-19 Clinic, call your GP or health direct on 1800 022 222.