Every potential COVID-19 patient who enters Westmead Hospital is directed to a clinic where medical officer Brandon Verdonk works.
The junior doctor had just finished a stint in the hospital’s emergency department when the opportunity arose to manage the initial assessment and testing of patients who may have been exposed to the relatively-unknown new virus.
While the clinic is overseen by specialists from emergency medicine and infectious diseases, Brandon is one of those responsible for its day-to-day operation.
In episode three of our podcast Western Sydney Health Check, Brandon talks us through what it’s like being a front-line worker, how he’s feeling, and what to expect if you ever need a test.
Testing is currently available for those who have symptoms and meet other criteria, such as overseas travel within 14 days of symptoms or living in a community with confirmed local transmission.
For the latest information and advice, refer to the NSW Health website and download the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Australia app.