At critical stage in battle to contain Covid-19 pandemic

THE cluster of Covid-19 cases in south western Sydney and the seriousness of the pandemic in Victoria, has reinforced the importance of everyone working together to fight the virus.

Our community is at the frontline of defence in the battle to stop the spread of infection. We all need to support physical distancing, wash our hands often with soap and water and stay home, particularly if you are unwell.
In areas where you cannot physically distance from other people, please wear a face mask as an added protection for yourself and others.
I urge anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, even if they are mild, to be tested for the virus at the hospital’s Covid-19 flu assessment clinic in Eldridge St or see your GP.
The clinic has extended its hours to open from 8am to 6pm seven days a week.
We are at a critical stage in the battle to contain the virus in Sydney.
It is essential we take the risk of transmission very seriously and do everything we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Please also be extra careful around elderly people and do not visit them if you have even the mildest of symptoms.
If you are worried about your health and Covid-19, help is available over the phone by calling HealthDirect on 1800 022 222.
Registered nurses are available 24/7 to answer questions and provide support. Work on our new $25 million Emergency Department extension is making incredible progress and we are just months away from finishing the construction.
The new emergency signage looks fantastic and patients and visitors now have a convenient drop-off point after the new turning bay at the front of the hospital was completed.
The NSW Government recently announced an additional $2.3 billion health boost and economic stimulus package for Covid-19, with $800 million extra funding for NSW Health to assist in more than doubling ICU capacity, preparing for additional Covid-19 testing, purchasing additional ventilators and medical equipment, establishing more acute respiratory clinics and bringing forward elective surgeries to private hospitals.
By Peter Rophail, Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital General Manager