Jul 02
Drive-through COVID-19 testing in Walgett

​Walgett is the sixth northern sector location in the Western NSW Local Health District to be part of a new drive-through COVID-19 testing service. The mobile service will be available at the Walgett Swimming pool, Montkeila Street, Walgett on Thursday 16 July from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

 

“There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in the District. The mobile testing clinic has visited more than seven locations in the southern sector of the District and four in the northern sector," said Director of Public Health, Priscilla Stanley.

 

“We need to keep testing people, even if they only have mild symptoms, so we can stay on top of COVID-19 as the general restrictions around movement start to be decreased.

 

“COVID-19 tests are always available through GPs and our hospitals. Our plan is for the mobile service to visit a number of smaller communities. We have tested in Oberon, Blayney, Molong, Rylstone, Wellington, Forbes, Goodooga, Weilmoringle, Enngonia, Tullamore, Bourke, Brewarrina and now Walgett to provide an additional opportunity for testing.

 

“The testing service will be set up outside the swimming pool, Montkeila Street, Walgett.

 

“The service is free of charge, and you don't need a referral or appointment to attend.

 

“It's a drive through service so you won't have to leave your car. Our staff will be able to come to you, do a short assessment and get your details, and then do a swab from the back of your throat and then the back of your nose.

 

“The tests are then sent away for analysis which normally takes about 48 hours. If your test is negative, you can request to get those results by text message even faster.

 

“People who are tested are asked to self-isolate until they get their results," said Ms Stanley.

 

COVID-19 testing is available for people who have experienced even mild symptoms that can be associated with the disease. Those symptoms include: fever, a sore or 'scratchy' throat, a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, tiredness and muscle aches.

 

Forty five people living in the District have been confirmed with the disease.

 

The symptoms of COVID-19 can be very mild, so it's important that we increase our testing. While most people who have COVID-19 will recover, some people can become very sick, particularly older people or people who are already ill. Sadly, 46 people have died in NSW from COVID-19, including one person from our District.

 

“Right now, our message is very simple – if you have any symptoms, even mild ones, arrange to be tested.

 

“Speak to your doctor – it's always best to call ahead. The Western Primary Health Network has set up respiratory clinics in Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange, with more to come in other centres. In Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo there are fever clinics set up at the hospital, and testing can also be arranged in all our other hospitals.

 

“If you have any questions or concerns you can ring the National Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080 or healthdirect on 1800 022 222."


Jul 02
Get the test, then get the text

​Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD), Health Protection Manager, Priscilla Stanley, is urging anyone having a test for COVID-19 to ask whether they are able to receive negative test results by text message.

“If you're having a COVID-19 test in a public hospital or in the mobile services operated by the Western NSW Local Health District, then you are eligible to register to receive negative test results by text message.

“Everyone who has a test is asked to isolate until they receive their results. The messaging service is easy to register for and means you get negative results quickly and go back to your usual activities.

“If people have a positive result, they are contacted by a public healthcare worker who will provide information on what happens next.

“It's a really helpful service, with many people getting their negative results back within 24 hours.

“With school holidays beginning, restriction easing and more people travelling again, it is extremely important that we remain vigilant.

“If you have family or friends coming to visit, be mindful of COVID-19 symptoms and encourage them to get tested if they have any.

“We're also encouraging people in their late teens and twenties to get tested if they have symptoms.

“Getting your results is easier than ever, with the text message service.

“In the last four weeks, there were around 9,033 tests performed across our District, with no positive cases identified."

Across the Western NSW Local Health District testing is available at Respiratory Clinics operated by the Western Primary Health Network, at clinics operating out of most hospitals and from mobile services, as well as from many GP surgeries.

​“For most services it's important that you call ahead if you have symptoms and want a COVID-19 test.

“If you're in doubt, speak to your doctor or call our Western LHD's Public Health helpline on 1300 066 055."


Jul 02
Drive-through COVID-19 testing in Brewarrina

​Brewarrina is the fifth northern sector location in the Western NSW Local Health District to be part of a new drive-through COVID-19 testing service. The mobile service will be available at the Information Centre, 40 Bathurst Street, Brewarrina on Wednesday 8 July from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

 

“There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in the District. The mobile testing clinic has visited more than seven locations in the southern sector of the District and four in the northern sector," said Director of Public Health, Priscilla Stanley.

 

“We need to keep testing people, even if they only have mild symptoms, so we can stay on top of COVID-19 as the general restrictions around movement start to be decreased.

 

“COVID-19 tests are always available through GPs and our hospitals. Our plan is for the mobile service to visit a number of smaller communities. We have tested in Oberon, Blayney, Molong, Rylstone, Wellington, Forbes, Goodooga, Weilmoringle, Enngonia, Tullamore, Bourke and now Brewarrina to provide an additional opportunity for testing.

 

“The testing service will be set up at Information Centre, 40 Bathurst Street, Brewarrina.

 

“The service is free of charge, and you don't need a referral or appointment to attend.

 

“It's a drive through service so you won't have to leave your car. Our staff will be able to come to you, do a short assessment and get your details, and then do a swab from the back of your throat and then the back of your nose.

 

“The tests are then sent away for analysis which normally takes about 48 hours. If your test is negative, you can request to get those results by text message even faster.

 

“People who are tested are asked to self-isolate until they get their results," said Ms Stanley.

 

COVID-19 testing is available for people who have experienced even mild symptoms that can be associated with the disease. Those symptoms include: fever, a sore or 'scratchy' throat, a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, tiredness and muscle aches.

 

Forty five people living in the District have been confirmed with the disease.

 

The symptoms of COVID-19 can be very mild, so it's important that we increase our testing. While most people who have COVID-19 will recover, some people can become very sick, particularly older people or people who are already ill. Sadly, 46 people have died in NSW from COVID-19, including one person from our District.

 

“Right now, our message is very simple – if you have any symptoms, even mild ones, arrange to be tested.

 

“Speak to your doctor – it's always best to call ahead. The Western Primary Health Network has set up respiratory clinics in Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange, with more to come in other centres. In Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo there are fever clinics set up at the hospital, and testing can also be arranged in all our other hospitals.

 

“If you have any questions or concerns you can ring the National Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080 or healthdirect on 1800 022 222."


Jun 30
BREASTSCREEN NSW VAN COMING TO COLLARENABRI

​The mobile screening van will visit Collarenabri from 8th July 2020.

BreastScreen NSW provides free mammograms to eligible women aged between 50 and 74 across the State.

BreastScreen NSW is taking all necessary measures in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), to protect women, staff and the wider community. This includes:

  • Pre-screening questions around personal health and travel
  • Limiting the number of people in the clinic/van
  • Practicing social distancing and providing hand sanitizer in waiting rooms
  • A minimal contact check-in process
  • Additional cleaning of equipment and commonly used surfaces.

Meg O'Brien, Manager at BreastScreen NSW Greater West says a screening mammogram is one of the most important things women aged 50-74 can do for their health.

“Detecting breast cancer early increases your chance of survival while reducing the likelihood of invasive treatment, such as mastectomy or chemotherapy.

 “Around 90 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. This is why breast cancer screening is so important for all eligible women."

Ms O'Brien says having a BreastScreen NSW van in Collarenabri makes it easier for women to attend their recommended two-yearly screening. 

“Bringing these vital services to Collarenabri means more local women can be screened. Life gets busy and we want women to make their health a priority."

The BreastScreen NSW van is in town between the 8th and 10th July 2020 and is located at the rear of the hospital on Walgett St. The service is free and there's no referral needed.

BreastScreen NSW mobile vans include the latest digital mammography technology and secure wireless communication system. The NSW Government, through the Cancer Institute NSW, is investing $62.2 million in breast cancer screening this financial year.

To book a mammogram with BreastScreen NSW, call 13 20 50 or visit book.breastscreen.nsw.gov.au.


Jun 30
Virtual pharmacy research supporting local health staff
A research project in eight small local hospitals is being used to examine how telehealth technology can connect local staff to pharmacy experts to help improve safety and outcomes for patients. 

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) Rural Director of Medical Services, Dr Shannon Nott, said, “The Virtual Clinical Pharmacy Service is part of a research project that aims to improve the use of medications for patients at hospitals without an onsite hospital pharmacist.” 

Using telehealth, local healthcare teams work with ‘virtual pharmacists’ to review each patient’s medications, provide advice and make recommendations.

The introduction of the Virtual Clinical Pharmacy Service has drawn strong support from rural hospitals, who see early benefits for their patients. 

Warren Health Service Manager Sharon Ryan said “This is an innovative service dedicated to providing much needed medication advice for our patients. Our staff feel more supported with a virtual pharmacist working alongside the local healthcare team” 

“The purpose of this research project is to evaluate the provision of clinical pharmacy services via video link to patients at eight hospitals in the Western NSW and Far West NSW Local Health Districts” explained Dr Nott. The Virtual Clinical Pharmacy Service is being offered in addition to current services and medication supply arrangements to hospitals will continue unchanged.

The eight sites, six from WNSWLHD and two from FWLHD taking part in the project are, Balranald MPS, Bourke MPS, Canowindra Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Cobar Hospital, Gilgandra MPS, Narromine Hospital, Warren MPS and Wentworth MPS.  

“We started rolling out the project in April 2020. So far, Warren MPS, Wentworth MPS, and Gilgandra MPS are live with virtual pharmacy. We will continue to roll out the project to the other sites throughout the rest of the year.” 

The project will finish in June 2021, with the results used to guide any future expansion. The Virtual Clinical Pharmacy Services has been made possible by a grant from the NSW Ministry of Health Translational Research Grant Scheme.

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Jun 29
Drive-through COVID-19 testing in Condobolin

​Condobolin will be the next location in the Western NSW Local Health District to be part of a new drive-through COVID-19 testing service, with the mobile service available on Thursday 2 July from 9.00am to 2.00pm.

 

“There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in Condobolin. Condobolin is the eighth location in the southern sector to receive the service, with more than 7,995 people tested in the District over the past four weeks," said Director of Public Health, Priscilla Stanley.

 

“We need to keep testing people, so we can stay on top of COVID-19 as the general restrictions around movement start to be decreased.

 

“COVID-19 tests are always available through GPs and our hospitals. Our plan is for the mobile service to visit a number of smaller communities. In the southern sector, we have tested in Oberon, Blayney, Molong, Rylstone, Wellington, Forbes, Tullamore and now going to Condobolin, to provide an additional opportunity for testing.

 

“The testing service will be set up at the former Condobolin Bowling Club site, with entry via Evans Street, Condobolin.  

 

“The service is free of charge, and you don't need a referral or appointment to attend.

 

“It's a drive through service so you won't have to leave your car. Our staff will be able to come to you, do a short assessment and get your details, and then do a swab from the back of your throat and then the back of your nose.

 

“The tests are then sent away for analysis which normally takes about 48 hours. If your test is negative, you can request to get those results by text message even faster.

 

“People who are tested are asked to self-isolate until they get their results," said Ms Stanley.

 

COVID-19 testing is available for people who have experienced even mild symptoms that can be associated with the disease. Those symptoms include: fever, a sore or 'scratchy' throat, a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, tiredness and muscle aches.

 

Forty six people living in the District have been confirmed with the disease.

 

“The symptoms of COVID-19 can be very mild, so it's important that we increase our testing. While most people who have COVID-19 will recover, some people can become very sick, particularly older people or people who are already ill. Sadly, 46 people have died in NSW from COVID-19, including one person from our District.

 

“Right now, our message is very simple – if you have any symptoms, even mild ones, arrange to be tested.

 

“Speak to your doctor – it's always best to call ahead. The Western Primary Health Network has set up respiratory clinics in Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange, with more to come in other centres. In Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo there are fever clinics set up at the hospital, and testing can also be arranged in all our other hospitals.

 

“If you have any questions or concerns you can ring the National Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080 or healthdirect on 1800 022 222."


Jun 29
Check with your local health service before visiting

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation and reviewing hospital visitor rules to help ensure the safety of patients, staff and other visitors

 

WNSWLHD Director of Public Health, Priscilla Stanley said, “Visitors to any of our hospitals or health services should check in advance to make sure they know and understand the rules at that time, and follow the directions of staff.

 

“Visitors may not enter if they have; returned from overseas in the last 14 days, returned from the greater Melbourne area in the last 14 day or have been in contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19 within the last 14days.

 

“Currently, patients who are admitted to hospital – other than women in maternity care - are able to have multiple visitors each day but no more than two people at any time.

 

“For a mother who is giving birth, two visitors are allowed including the patient's partner. The two visitors must be the same persons over the course of the mother's stay.

 

“Visits by school-aged or young visitors are not encouraged due to difficulty in supervising and ensuring social distancing.

 

“To protect aged care residents, visitors must show evidence of 2020 influenza vaccination.

 

“The safety or our staff, patients and visitors is our priority and all visitors and staff must pass all applicable screening processes in place including temperature checking at all entrances to the facility.

 

“If you are unwell do not visit. If you have even the mildest cough, fever, runny nose or difficulty breathing, please visit one of our COVID-19 clinics or call your doctor." said Ms Stanley.

 

For more information about COVID-19 please call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 088 or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.​


Jun 25
Drive-through COVID-19 testing in Bourke

​Bourke is the fourth northern sector location in the Western NSW Local Health District to be part of a new drive-through COVID-19 testing service. The mobile service will be available at Sturt Park, corner of Mitchell and Sturt Street, Bourke on Wednesday 1 July from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

 

“There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in the District. The mobile testing clinic has visited more than six locations in the southern sector of the District and three in the northern sector," said Director of Public Health, Priscilla Stanley.

 

“We need to keep testing people, even if they only have mild symptoms, so we can stay on top of COVID-19 as the general restrictions around movement start to be decreased.

 

“COVID-19 tests are always available through GPs and our hospitals. Our plan is for the mobile service to visit a number of smaller communities. We have tested in Oberon, Blayney, Molong, Rylstone, Wellington, Forbes, Goodooga, Weilmoringle and Enngonia to provide an additional opportunity for testing.

 

“The testing service will be set up at Sturt Park, corner of Mitchell and Sturt Street, Bourke.  

 

“The service is free of charge, and you don't need a referral or appointment to attend.

 

“It's a drive through service so you won't have to leave your car. Our staff will be able to come to you, do a short assessment and get your details, and then do a swab from the back of your throat and then the back of your nose.

 

“The tests are then sent away for analysis which normally takes about 48 hours. If your test is negative, you can request to get those results by text message even faster.

 

“People who are tested are asked to self-isolate until they get their results," said Ms Stanley.

 

COVID-19 testing is available for people who have experienced even mild symptoms that can be associated with the disease. Those symptoms include: fever, a sore or 'scratchy' throat, a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, tiredness and muscle aches.

 

Forty five people living in the District have been confirmed with the disease.

 

The symptoms of COVID-19 can be very mild, so it's important that we increase our testing. While most people who have COVID-19 will recover, some people can become very sick, particularly older people or people who are already ill. Sadly, 46 people have died in NSW from COVID-19, including one person from our District.

 

“Right now, our message is very simple – if you have any symptoms, even mild ones, arrange to be tested.

 

“Speak to your doctor – it's always best to call ahead. The Western Primary Health Network has set up respiratory clinics in Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange, with more to come in other centres. In Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo there are fever clinics set up at the hospital, and testing can also be arranged in all our other hospitals.

 

“If you have any questions or concerns you can ring the National Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080 or healthdirect on 1800 022 222."


Jun 22
Drive-through COVID-19 testing for the Tullamore Region

​Tullamore will be the next location in the Western NSW Local Health District to be part of a new drive-through COVID-19 testing service, with the mobile service available on Thursday 25 June from 9.00am to 2.00pm.

 

“We are encouraging anyone in the Tullamore  Trangie, Tottenham and Trundle regions, who is displaying symptoms, even if they only have mild symptoms, to come and get tested," said Director of Public Health, Priscilla Stanley.

 

“There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in Tullamore, or in the District. Tullamore is the seventh location in the southern sector to receive the service, with more than 91 people tested last week in Forbes,"

 

“Everyone tested last week came back negative, which is great. But we need to keep testing people, so we can stay on top of COVID-19 as the general restrictions around movement start to be decreased.

 

“COVID-19 tests are always available through GPs and our hospitals. Our plan is for the mobile service to visit a number of smaller communities. In the southern sector, we have tested in Oberon, Blayney, Molong, Rylstone, Wellington, Forbes and now going to Tullamore, to provide an additional opportunity for testing.

 

“The testing service will be set up at Tullamore swimming pool car park, enter and exit via Haylock Street, Tullamore.  

 

“The service is free of charge, and you don't need a referral or appointment to attend.

 

“It's a drive through service so you won't have to leave your car. Our staff will be able to come to you, do a short assessment and get your details, and then do a swab from the back of your throat and then the back of your nose.

 

“The tests are then sent away for analysis which normally takes about 48 hours. If your test is negative, you can request to get those results by text message even faster.

 

“People who are tested are asked to self-isolate until they get their results," said Ms Stanley.

 

COVID-19 testing is available for people who have experienced even mild symptoms that can be associated with the disease. Those symptoms include: fever, a sore or 'scratchy' throat, a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, tiredness and muscle aches.

 

Forty five people living in the District have been confirmed with the disease.

 

“The symptoms of COVID-19 can be very mild, so it's important that we increase our testing. While most people who have COVID-19 will recover, some people can become very sick, particularly older people or people who are already ill. Sadly, 46 people have died in NSW from COVID-19, including one person from our District.

 

“Right now, our message is very simple – if you have any symptoms, even mild ones, arrange to be tested.

 

“Speak to your doctor – it's always best to call ahead. The Western Primary Health Network has set up respiratory clinics in Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange, with more to come in other centres. In Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo there are fever clinics set up at the hospital, and testing can also be arranged in all our other hospitals.

 

“If you have any questions or concerns you can ring the National Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080 or healthdirect on 1800 022 222."


Jun 19
Drive-through COVID-19 testing in Enngonia

​Enngonia is the third northern sector location in the Western NSW Local Health District to be part of a new drive-through COVID-19 testing service. The mobile service will be available at Clara Hart Village, Dunsandle Road, Enngonia on Monday 22 June from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

 

“There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in the District. The mobile testing clinic has visited more than five locations in the southern sector of the District and one in the northern sector," said Director of Public Health, Priscilla Stanley.

 

“We need to keep testing people, even if they only have mild symptoms, so we can stay on top of COVID-19 as the general restrictions around movement start to be decreased.

 

“COVID-19 tests are always available through GPs and our hospitals. Our plan is for the mobile service to visit a number of smaller communities. We have tested in Oberon, Blayney, Molong, Rylstone, Wellington and Goodooga, to provide an additional opportunity for testing.

 

“The testing service will be set up at the Clara Hart Village, Dunsandle Road, Enngonia.  

 

“The service is free of charge, and you don't need a referral or appointment to attend.

 

“It's a drive through service so you won't have to leave your car. Our staff will be able to come to you, do a short assessment and get your details, and then do a swab from the back of your throat and then the back of your nose.

 

“The tests are then sent away for analysis which normally takes about 48 hours. If your test is negative, you can request to get those results by text message even faster.

 

“People who are tested are asked to self-isolate until they get their results," said Ms Stanley.

 

COVID-19 testing is available for people who have experienced even mild symptoms that can be associated with the disease. Those symptoms include: fever, a sore or 'scratchy' throat, a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, tiredness and muscle aches.

 

Forty five people living in the District have been confirmed with the disease,

“The symptoms of COVID-19 can be very mild, so it's important that we increase our testing. While most people who have COVID-19 will recover, some people can become very sick, particularly older people or people who are already ill. Sadly, 46 people have died in NSW from COVID-19, including one person from our District.

 

“Right now, our message is very simple – if you have any symptoms, even mild ones, arrange to be tested.

 

“Speak to your doctor – it's always best to call ahead. The Western Primary Health Network has set up respiratory clinics in Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange, with more to come in other centres. In Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo there are fever clinics set up at the hospital, and testing can also be arranged in all our other hospitals.

 

“If you have any questions or concerns you can ring the National Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 020 080 or healthdirect on 1800 022 222."


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