The recording of the most recent RACGP NSW and ACT and NSW Health webinar is available at NSW COVID-19 update webinar - Thursday 16 April 2020.

For the most recent advice for health professionals please refer to Updated advice for health professionals.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Please contact your Primary Health Network for access to masks.

Testing

If taking samples yourself, use standard, contact and droplet transmission precautions when managing suspected cases and taking specimens: long sleeved gown, gloves, protective eyewear/face shield and a surgical mask.

Patients whose illness is severe enough to consider hospital admission should be referred directly to the emergency department.

There is no requirement to call the Public Health Unit before referring a patient for a test but they can provide additional advice or assistance if needed (1300 066 055).

Self-isolation

Self-isolation at home for 14 days is required for:

Case and close contact definitions

Please refer to the most recent CDNA guidelines for current definitions of cases and close contacts.

At 25 March a close contact is defined as requiring:

  • greater than 15 minutes face-to-face contact in any setting with a confirmed case in the period extending from 24 hours before onset of symptoms in the confirmed case or
  • sharing of a closed space with a confirmed case for a prolonged period (e.g. more than 2 hours) in the period extending from 24 hours before onset of symptoms in the confirmed case.

Further resources

Commonwealth Department of Health are providing regular updates to GPs.

There are a number of COVID-19 resources for health professionals on the NSW Health website (e.g. posters, factsheets, in-language information).​​​​​​

Page Updated: Friday 17 April 2020
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