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Chages to Isolation Guidelines

From 14th October 2022, it is no longer mandatory to self-isolate at home if you test positive to COVID-19. 

Despite these changes, it is still strongly recommended that people who are sick or have tested positive to COVID-19 stay at home until their symptoms have resolved.



Mask Policy

In line with these changes, Double Bay Doctors is amending it's mask-wearing policy. 

From Friday 14th October 2022, patients and staff are no longer required to wear a mask in the practice if they do not have respiratory symptoms and/or have not tested positive to COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

Patients experiencing respiratory symptoms must continue to follow our respiratory symptoms policy, as per the below. 


Respiratory Sx

Patients with respiratory symptoms are required to:

  1. Show proof of a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for COVID-19 that was performed on the same day as your appointment. Please bring a picture of your negative RAT result with you to your appointment; and

  2. Wear a face mask (6 yrs and over).


All patients experiencing respiratory symptoms must wear a mask, even if they have returned a negative RAT. These patients are strongly encouraged to book a Telehealth appointment before attending for a face to face appointment. 

Children of all ages are required to perform a RAT if they have respiratory symptoms. This includes young babies (i.e. < 12 months). Alternative RATs, such as the 'lollipop RAT' are safe for use on babies and can be purchased at your local pharmacy.

I'm fully vaccinated against COVID-19, do I still need to have a negative RAT if I have respiratory symptoms?
Yes. Unfortunately, no vaccine is 100% effective. It is therefore still possible to contract COVID-19 and spread COVID-19 to others. To protect vulnerable members of our community, the RAT respiratory policy applies to all patients.    


COVID Positive Patients

Patients who have tested positive to COVID-19 are not able to visit the practice in person until they return a negative RAT.

These patients will be required to book a telehealth appointment until they return a negative RAT, even if they are no longer symptomatic.

Once a patient returns a negative RAT, they can visit the practice face-to-face, but must continue to wear a mask until it has been 14 days since their first positive test. This is because patients are considered to be infectious for possibly up to 14 days. 


COVID-19 Testing

We no longer offer COVID-19 testing at Double Bay Doctors, but there are a number of testing facilities in the Eastern Suburbs.

A detailed list of testing facilities, including walk-through clinics and age requirements, can be found on NSW Health's website.

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