No patients in contact with COVID-19 positive doctor

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Sydney Adventist Hospital.

No patients came into contact with a doctor from the Sydney Adventist Hospital who was confirmed as COVID-19 positive on Friday (April 24).

Hospital CEO Brett Goods said the clinician had recently worked a single shift at the San but had no patient contact. On arrival at the hospital the doctor’s temperature had been checked and it was in the normal range.

The San is working with NSW Health. “Early investigations would suggest the infection has not been contracted at Sydney Adventist Hospital,” Mr Goods said in a message on the San’s website. “Strict contact tracing has identified staff who are close contacts, and they have been isolated.”

The doctor’s most recent regular work had been at Nepean Hospital in western Sydney.

Mr Goods said there is no connection between this case and a San nurse who tested positive earlier last week.

“The cases are not related, and neither worker has had any patient contact. It is important this is understood to prevent inaccurate assumptions and unnecessary concerns,” Mr Goods said.

“Sydney Adventist Hospital and all facilities on site are safe, and this case has not affected our current delivery of services. The hospital is continuing its stringent pre-admission screening, cleaning and other processes for all patients, staff and visitors.”