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New COVID-19 respiratory clinic now open in Bennelong

Partners in community health: (L-R) Lynelle Hales – CEO Sydney North Health Network, Kate Robertson – COO of the WiSE Clinic, John Alexander OAM MP – Federal Member for Bennelong, Craig Lenarduzzi – National Asset Manager – Stocklands, Dr Pankaj Arora – CEO of the WiSE Clinic and FACEM Emergency Consultant.

Federal Member for Bennelong John Alexander OAM MP is pleased to report that a new pop-up COVID-19 respiratory clinic, partly funded by the federal government, has been opened in Macquarie Park.

WiSE Medical, the ‘walk-in specialist emergency’ clinic based at Macquarie Park, has partnered with the Federal Department of Health, MQ Health, Stocklands Property Management, and the Northern Sydney Primary Health Network to deliver a COVID-19 testing and respiratory facility for the local community.

Mr Alexander said: “We are all partners together in health. Whether that’s the community supporting one another and exercising responsible social distancing practices, or the WiSE Clinic stepping up to the plate. Stocklands providing their facilities, and MQ Health and the Northern Sydney Primary Health Network for their expertise. It’s wonderful to see everyone working together to keep our community safe. Thank you so very much.

“If any local has any concerns about their respiratory health, they now have two places to get tested locally, Ryde Hospital and the new WiSE Respiratory Clinic at Macquarie Park.” 

Kate Robertson, COO of the WiSE Clinic said: “Despite the obvious negatives we are experiencing as a result of COVID19, I am optimistic that we will get through this after seeing the comradery of these groups and local community members who have come together, no questions asked, and made this respiratory clinic happen.”

The GP led Respiratory clinic was developed to assess people with mild-moderate respiratory symptoms and test and diagnose cases including COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia. 

A ‘Respiratory Clinic’ is different from COVID or Drive-through Clinics as there is an opportunity for patients to meet a GP and have a complete assessment. This is supported through an online booking system.

Its aim is to take the pressure off local emergency departments who will need to prioritise severe cases, and relieve pressure on local general practices, so that they can continue to safely care for patients for non-respiratory related conditions.

The establishment of a Respiratory Clinic that is separate, but adjacent to the WiSE Clinic has allowed the WiSE team to continue providing high level specialist emergency care in a safe environment – for all non-respiratory needs. 

WiSE hopes to reduce the amount of patients avoiding healthcare during this time for fears of contracting COVID-19. Patients that are injured, experiencing tummy pain or pregnancy concerns, are able to be assessed by the WiSE emergency physicians quickly and away from the risk of viral infection.

More information and to book online: https://www.wisemedical.com.au/respiratory-clinic/

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