There continues to be a decline in the number of COVID cases in our region. Over the past two weeks to 8 November 2021 there have been 502 locally acquired cases in the CESPHN region, a 7 per cent decrease over the previous period. The largest concentrations are in the following Local Government Areas (LGAs) Canterbury-Bankstown (127) and Sydney (89).
Click here for all the latest information relating to the NSW outbreak including case locations and alerts.
See here for information on the latest testing locations.
Please remember to refer your patients to a GP respiratory clinic if they need a respiratory assessment. You can find contact details here.
Koori Vaccination Clinic Redfern Post Office 119 Redfern Street, Redfern 10.00am – 4.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday Make a booking
Oznam Learning Centre 99 Forbes Street, Woolloomooloo 9.30 am – 4.00 pm every Thursday
Shark Park 461 Captain Cook Drive, Woolooware 10am – 2.00 pm, Sunday 14 November For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and household members 12 years and over
Bookings are also available at the following vaccination clinics:
Flourish Australia Centre 43 Buckingham Street, Surry Hills Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 3.30pm Book here
Alf Kay Vaccination Clinic 2 Florence Avenue, Eastlakes Monday to Friday, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm Book here
Centennial Park Vaccination Clinic 22 – 32 King Street Randwick (UNSW Building R14), The clinic is open from 8:00am – 4:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Bookings required through vaccine clinic finder.
Ultimo Community Centre 40 William Henry Street, Ultimo 11.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday Book here
The mandatory training modules for COVID-19 vaccination providers have now been updated with new information on COVID-19 booster shots. Log in to the COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program to view updates.
From 8 November 2021, the Australian Government are rolling out a national COVID-19 vaccine booster program for residential aged care through in-reach clinics, and at-risk health staff as these groups who may be due for their booster.
GPs can contact Aged Care facilities to organise booster doses for residents and health care workers that are 6 months post their second primary course of COVID-19 vaccine. Facilities are responsible for arranging consent from residents. The Australian Government’s consent form has been updated to incorporate consent for boosters.
CESPHN is hosting a webinar this Thursday 7-8.30pm with a focus on the mental health impact of COVID on RACF residents. The webinar will cover support available and the new MBS item numbers. GPs, nurses and allied health professionals are encouraged to register here.
RACGP has extended an invitation to the following upcoming COVID related webinars:
Join the latest Commonwealth Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine live stream update for GPs. The panel will provide latest key updates and answer participants’ questions live about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Get involved by submitting questions and comments!
We are aware that some people in our community may not be able to access a GP or vaccination hub to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. As a result CESPHN has developed the Vax at Home program.
The CESPHN Vax at Home Program is ONLY for those people who are housebound and not able to leave their house to receive a COViD-19 vaccination (their carers will also be able to be vaccinated).
Patient self-referrals will NOT be accepted. Patients should speak with their GP for referral to this program if appropriate. Referrals can be accepted from General Practitioners and Disability Provider Organisations only. Referrals for people who live in the Sydney Local Health District can be emailed to SLHD-AHCCR-InreachClinic@health.nsw.gov.au and for South Eastern Sydney Local Health District please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Referrals should include:
Name of patient
Date of Birth
Patients residential address and contact details
Name of usual GP.
Contact details of any carers.
This service is now operational and accepting referrals.
CESPHN is pleased to offer general practices, community pharmacies and allied health the opportunity to have a specialised one-on-one consultation session with an experienced primary care infection control educator. This consult will enable your practice/pharmacy to:
Send questions prior to the consultation session about your practice
Ask questions on infection control that relates to your practice.
Sessions will be via ‘Zoom’ and will be up to 50 minutes in duration and can be recorded for later use. The aim of these sessions is to support practices and community pharmacies to ensure they have the strongest infection procedures in place and provide tips for improvement where needed. If you would like more information or would like to book a consultation, please email your interest to email@example.com and in the subject line write: “Yes I would like infection control advice”.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) packages including surgical and N95/P2 masks, face shields, gloves, gowns and goggles and face shields will be made available for community pharmacies and those GPs who continue to see their patients within their practices. PPE guidelines can be found here. CESPHN will continue to distribute these supplies. To order PPE for your practice or pharmacy click here.
NSW Health has released new advice on how to assess risks when people are exposed to a person with COVID-19 in general workplace settings. Find the guidance here. The Australian Government has released guidance for workers in healthcare settings here.
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