The team from Rozelle Medical Centre hopes you are staying safe and well, especially for those who are going back to the office or school. With the wide adoption of Rapid Antigen Tests (‘RAT’), following are some basic information about RAT from the NSW Health Department. We hope this helps with any confusion and makes life a little easier.
Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)
What happens if I get a positive RAT result?
If you get a positive RAT result and unsure of the next step, you may follow the guideline below.
|Test result||Symptoms||Exposure risk||Next step|
|Known or unknown contact||You are a confirmed case, follow the advice for people testing positive for COVID-19|
|Or||Known high risk or household contact||You are a confirmed case, follow the advice for people testing positive for COVID-19|
|No known contact||You may be a confirmed case. Take another rapid antigen test within 24 hours or have a PCR test|
What type of RAT should I use?
The Therapeutic Goods Administration provides a full list of RAT kits approved in Australia and how to use each one correctly. Please refer to https://www.tga.gov.au/covid-19-rapid-antigen-self-tests-are-approved-australia
How do I use a RAT kit?
Each RAT differs slightly so please follow the instructions of the RAT you are using. NSW Health has provided a quick video on how to use a basic nasal test. Click Here to watch the video.
Can I eat or drink before using a saliva sample RAT?
The answer is, “No. NSW Health recommends you do not eat, drink or brush your teeth for at least 30 minutes before doing a saliva rapid antigen test. This will ensure a clean sample is taken.”
For full information on RAT for Covid-19 from the NSW Health, please refer to:
How do I register a positive RAT result?
From 12 January 2022, people who test positive to a Covid-19 RAT at home must register with Service NSW. You do not need to register if you have had:
- A negative or invalid RAT result
- A positive PCR test in the 28 days before your positive RAT
To understand your eligibility, what you need and how to register, please refer to:
You are eligible for a booster vaccination if you:
- are fully vaccinated (have received 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine),
- are aged 16 and over, and
- have received your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago.
For further information please see the NSW Government website Here.
Welcoming New Doctors at Our Practice
Please join us to welcome our new doctor in the clinic. We attached her bio and area of special interest. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you like to know more about our doctors or book an appointment Here.
We would also like to announce the return of two of our wonderful doctors from maternity leave. Dr Zoe Boyatzis and Dr Melissa De Sano, will be back working on Sundays initially, from 13th of March. Many patients have enquired as to their return. We are so happy to have them back! These new additions will, we hope, create much easier access to available appointments.
Dr Maddison Kane
Background – Dr Maddison Kane completed her medical degree at The University of Sydney in 2019. She has gained experience in hospitals on NSW’s Central Coast prior to returning to Sydney.
Special Interests – Dr Kane enjoys the wide variety of general practice and has particular interests in Adolescent Health, Mental Health, and Addiction Medicine.
Personal Interests – Outside of medicine Dr Kane likes to spend time in the garden with her husband, and read classic novels.
Availability – Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm; Alternate Saturday: 9am-1pm
Please take care and stay safe.
The Team from Rozelle Medical Centre