Karuah gets drive through COVID-19 testing clinic

From right to left is: Eilish Battle (receptionist), Jacintha Barnasooriya (trainee GP), Sita Dewamitta (principal GP), Sarah Walker (practice manager) and Kathryn Brown (practice nurse). Not pictured: Andrew Wardley (practice nurse).


TRIPLE C Health Family Practice Karuah has opened a COVID-19 drive through testing option.

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The practice requires patients with concerning respiratory symptoms to first call ahead and book a phone consultation with the GP to determine their eligibility for testing.

“All low risk patients will be offered testing locally and those who are high risk or needing urgent care will be referred appropriately to other facilities or hospitals for review,” said Dr Sita Dewamitta, Principal GP at Family Practice Karuah.

“It’s part of our commitment to providing COVID-19 diagnostic services to the community to help prevent a second wave.”

Patients who are offered a drive through COVID-19 testing will be asked to drive into the car park immediately outside the side door of the practice and inform reception of their arrival over the phone while remaining in the car.

“I’ll attend patients with PPE cover through the side door of the practice and perform the test to avoid exposure of any patients with possible symptoms to myself, other patients, and practice staff,” said Dr Dewamitta.

All patients will also be first counselled over the phone prior to any testing with information on what to expect and an action plan for either positive or negative testing.

Dr Dewamitta continued, “We are all committed to delivering COVID-19 results as a priority and to ensure continuity of care to patients with appropriate further management.”

The Mid North Coast has had 52 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with one life lost.



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