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May 13 2020

A GP-led COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic for Hazelbrook

The region’s second GP-led COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic opens today in Hazelbrook.

Like the GP Respiratory Clinic that opened at the Homemaker Centre in Penrith last month, this service will assess people with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms such as a sore throat, cough and shortness of breath and offer testing for COVID-19.

We have worked closely with Hazelbrook General Practice to establish this Clinic, which will help to assess patients with respiratory symptoms who require a face-to-face consultation and can’t be managed by telehealth alone.

Diverting patients with respiratory symptoms to a designated Respiratory Clinic makes other general practices safer, allowing patients without respiratory symptoms to attend their own general practice.

In line with the Government’s recommendation, it is vital that anyone experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms is assessed and tested to prevent the spread of the disease. The Hazelbrook Clinic gives Blue Mountains residents an additional option for COVID-19 testing, which will help to relieve pressure on Katoomba Hospital.

Attendance at the Clinic is by appointment only and online bookings are preferred. Patients should not “just turn-up” at the Clinic. There is no need for a referral and the service is free. However, ideally patients should have an initial telehealth appointment with their usual GP before booking.

More information is available at www.nbmphn.com.au/GPCOVIDclinics


Doctors from Hazelbrook General Practice outside the new GP-led COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic

Pictured left to right: Dr Lena Liu, Dr Louise McDonnell, Dr Ronald Yuen and Dr Kathryn Willott.


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Lizz Reay is the CEO of Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network. Previously Deputy CEO of Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local & Nepean Division of General Practice, she has an extensive background in public health.

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