Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)

Dear Patients, 

The team from Harold Park 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.  

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: 

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/rapid-antigen-tests-for-covid-19

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: 

https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/register-positive-rapid-antigen-test-result

Booster Eligibility 

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 doctors in the clinic. We attached their bio and area of special interest.  Please do not hesitate to contact us should you like to know more about them or book an appointment Here.

Dr Rene Reichle

Background – Dr Reichle has exclusively trained and practiced medicine in the inner west. He completed his medical degree at the University of Sydney in 2013. This was followed by completing his internship and residency at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital prior to entering general practice training locally. 
Special Interests – Dr Reichle enjoys all aspects of general practice. He especially has an interest in paediatrics and early pregnancy care. 
Personal Interests – Dr Reichle enjoys spending time with his wife and son. He is also an avid ice hockey player, playing in local competitions throughout the year. 
Availability – Monday & Friday: 8am-6pm 

Dr Daniel Bosnjak

Background- Daniel graduated from the University of Sydney in 2017 with a Doctor of Medicine. Since then, he has gone on to complete his Residency at St. George Hospital and did an extra year of residency in Emergency Medicine and Paediatrics at Campbelltown Hospital.  
Special Interests- Daniel loves all areas of general practice, but in particular has interest in mental health.  
Personal Interests- Outside of work Daniel is an avid reader and closely follows the Formula 1. 
Availability – Tuesday & Thursday: 8am-6pm 

Please take care and stay safe.   

Best wishes,   
The Team from Harold Park Medical Centre