Royal Flying Doctor Service assisting with remote COVID-19 testing

REMOTE SERVICE: The Royal Flying Doctor Service nurses are helping remote communities with COVID-19 testing. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
REMOTE SERVICE: The Royal Flying Doctor Service nurses are helping remote communities with COVID-19 testing. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (South Eastern Section) has now held or assisted in holding 150 COVID-19 and respiratory clinics across the state since late May. During this time nearly 900 patients have been seen.

Clinics have been held in a number of locations in the West and Far West of NSW, including Broken Hill, Bourke, Wilcannia, Menindee, Lightning Ridge, Ivanhoe, Collarenebri, Nyngan and Walgett.

General Manager of Health Services, Jenny Beach, said that the clinics have delivered peace of mind to many communities.

"Having the ability to get a COVID-19 test in remote areas is really important. These communities have truck drivers and travellers coming through regularly and an undetected case could have a disastrous effect on a small population."

"Our mobile COVID testing enables these small communities to remain open, and to feel safe in doing so."

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RFDS primary care nurse Anita Murray is proud to be part of RFDS public health response to the COVID-19 outbreak, working at the Broken Hill Respiratory Clinic.

"Screening is so important to minimise the number of people becoming infected or sick with COVID-19," Anita said.

"It's a great honour to be able to provide this service to the people of regional NSW."

The RFDS is working closely with Western NSW Local Health District, the Federal Government and local health partners in delivering these clinics.

If you have concerns and wish to get tested, please contact Clive Bishop Medical Centre on (08) 8080 3780.

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