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Vincentia Medical Centre deep cleans after exposure to a COVID positive patient

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The Vincentia Medical Centre will operate its Pfizer vaccination clinic this weekend despite shutting its doors on Wednesday and Thursday because of exposure to a COVID-19 positive patient.

Spokesperson Annette Pham posted on social media "We have been advised by the Public Health Unit that a person who tested positive to Covid-19 received care at Vincentia Medical Centre located at 5 Halloran Street Vincentia."

She said, "Out of an abundance of caution, all staff are undergoing testing and we have elected to close, isolate and clean until staff are cleared of any risk."

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The patient in question arrived at the practice last Thursday 2nd of September at 1.35 pm during lunchtime when there were no other patients in the waiting room.

Minimal contact with patients and staff, patient left the building directly from the consult room at 3.10 pm.

Ms Pham said, "Both the patient and our staff member wore a mask at all times.

"Any contact with other patients would be fleeting as they exited the building," she said.

"All persons entering the practice are required to wear a mask.

"All staff at the practice are fully vaccinated," she said

The centre shut its doors yesterday and staff worked from home.

Doctors carried out consultations with patients on Wednesday and Thursday via telehealth.

Ms Pham said, "Whilst all precautions have been taken to guard against this scenario within our centre, we must still follow directives from the Public Health Unit until cleared.

"The Public Health Unit will contact any patients directly if they deem someone to be a contact," she said.

Ms Pham said, "Patients with appointments booked - our staff are working from home and will be in contact to offer telehealth appointments with your doctor for today and tomorrow or to make alternative arrangements."

All  staff have returned negative test results for Coronavirus.

The practice expects to re-open as usual on Friday.

There's more information on the Vincentia Medical Centre Facebook page

Images: Supplied and Vincentia Medical Centre Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, NSW Health