Please see important NSW health advice for general practitioners who work or live in the Lakemba area - regarding the Lakemba COVID cluster.

2 November 2020

1) General Practitioners who:

a. Work or reside within the Lakemba postcode, or

b. Visit any aged care facility

2) Residential Aged Care Facility Managers

Re: COVID-19

Lakemba remains a COVID “Hot Spot”, (a designated area for increased testing).

There has been no transmission of COVID to residents of local Residential Aged Care Facilities.

Please see advice relating to visitors to RACFs.

Screening measures, restrictions of access, and restrictions of movement within the Facilities are specified on page 2. Advice regarding outings has been updated (pages 2 and 3). Outings to venues within Lakemba should not be sanctioned.

Guidance for RACF staff has not changed.

General practitioners attending Lakemba RACFs are no longer required to undergo regular surveillance COVID-19 swabs. General practitioners should undergo standard staff screening before accessing a Facility.

Other precautions as listed in our letter to you of 16 October 2020 (attachment 2) should be maintained:

• Wear full PPE when attending the resident;
• Once assessment is complete, leave the facility immediately after handover of instructions to

RACF staff;

• Do not utilise any computers or other equipment while at the RACF;
• Consider videoconferencing options where these are available.

For more information please contact:
Deb Donnelly, SLHD –
Dr Brendan Goodger, CESPHN –

Further advice was issued by the NSW Chief Health Officer on 30 October 2020 (see attachment 1).


Letter to GPs from A/Prof John Cullen, Clinical Director Aged Health, Chronic Care & Rehabilitation SLHD and Dr Michael Moore, CEO Central and Eastern Sydney PHN 

 NSW Health Advice to Residential Aged Care Facilities 30 October 2020.

Advice to General Practitioners who work or reside in the Lakemba postcode area and visit any aged care facilities