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Kiama MP experiences COVID-19 testing frustration

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Kiama MP Gareth Ward has released a statement, saying he has experienced the frustrations on COVID-19 testing first hand.  

Mr Ward said - Yesterday, I started experiencing a dry cough and slight headache.

This afternoon, I undertook a Rapid Antigen Test which returned a positive result for COVID-19.

I rode my bike from my home to the Bomaderry Histopath Drive-through & Walk-in Clinic in Cambewarra Road. Because of my disability, I don’t drive but I wasn’t prepared to ask someone to transport me to the clinic for fear of passing on COVID-19.

Whilst there were understandably limited hours of operation of testing clinics over the holiday period, the Local Health District advertises the Bomaderry clinic being open between 8AM and 4PM. See: https://www.islhd.health.nsw.gov.au/services-clinics/public-health-unit/infectious-diseases/covid-19-latest-advice-and-resources-6

When I arrived, I was advised that there were restricted hours of operation in place despite different advice on the Health Department’s own website. In fact, I was advised that the Bomaderry clinic closed today at 1PM not 4PM as advised on the Health Department’s website.

This is totally unacceptable and down-right incompetent.

Whilst no reasonable person can expect everything to go smoothly during a global pandemic, I am frustrated and angry that well-paid Government bureaucrats continue to fail even the most basic of tests when it comes to the management of this pandemic.

I remain frustrated that key stakeholders like the Australian Medical Association, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and peak representative bodies of nurses and other health professionals aren’t involved in scenario planning and making important decisions about our response to this pandemic.

Sadly, my experience mirrors so many stories I’ve heard from locals.

I will therefore be writing to the NSW Health Minister and demanding a full explanation.

Image: Gareth Ward MP Facebook