Hunter Health allays fears on 'test visitors'
16th July 2020
Hunter Health has moved to allay concerns that people from COVID hotspots in Sydney have been travelling to the local area for testing. Hunter Health’s statement here:
“We understand that concerns have been raised about patients travelling from South Western Sydney to receive testing at some of our Newcastle COVID-19 clinics.
We would like to assure the public that, of the thousands of tests undertaken at the John Hunter Hospital and University of Newcastle COVID-19 clinics this month, only four people tested have reported a residential address in the South Western Sydney area.
There is also no indication these people travelled to Newcastle specifically for the purpose of COVID-19 testing. It is possible they developed symptoms while visiting the Newcastle area for work or recreation, and attended their closest clinic.
A number of COVID-19 clinics are available to residents of South Western Sydney Local Health District, as well as in surrounding Local Health Districts such as Sydney, Northern Sydney, and South Eastern Sydney.
People can also receive testing at one of the many respiratory clinics across the state, or visit their General Practitioner.
We would like to thank the public for continuing to come forward for testing, and for doing their part to protect others and help stop the spread.”