CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE & ADVICE

COVID-19 VACCINE

We Are Now Taking Appointments For The Covid-19 Vaccine. Please Phone The Practice To Make An Appointment.

COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION

Included in phase 1b are healthcare workers who did not receive their vaccines in phase 1a, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 55 and over, other Australians aged 70 and over. Younger adults with a qualifying underlying medical condition or disability and disability carers, and critical and high-risk workers, including those in defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing. In a slight variation to the original rollout plan, families of border and quarantine workers and aircrew will also be eligible to receive their vaccines.

The federal government has provided a long list of underlying medical conditions which allow a person to receive their vaccine in phase 1b. Common ones include cancer, diabetes, heart or lung disease, severe obesity (BMI > 40) and neurological conditions including stroke, MS, cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s. It has also released an online quiz that people can take to determine if they are eligible to be vaccinated. https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/eligibility

COVID-19 HEALTH INFORMATION

Please call the 24/7 Coronavirus Health Information Line Hotline – 1800 020 080 If you have: 

  • Travelled overseas in general and ( including transit through ) mainland China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, or Indonesia in the 14 days before getting sick OR 
  • Had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having coronavirus, in the 14 days before getting sick.

AND if you have ANY of these following symptoms:

If you have any of these symptoms, you should consider getting tested for COVID-19 — even if your symptoms are mild. Please call the practice before an appointment is made and you will be transferred to the Doctor.  Please do not book Online. Please do not attend the practice without prior discussion with the Doctor. We thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

For More Information regarding Coronavirus visit –  https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

There a few simple things everyone can do to help keep themselves and others safe:

  • keep your hands clean by washing them often with soap and water or using hand sanitiser
  • avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose as the virus can enter your body if it’s on your hands and you rub your eyes or touch your nose or mouth
  • maintain social distance when you can, 1.5 metres between you and others is good
  • if you think a surface may be infected, clean it with a simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others
  • sneeze and cough into your elbow rather than your hand
  • use disposable tissues
  • keep your distance from those who are coughing and sneezing
  • stay home if you are unwell and call, not visit, your own GP or call Healthdirect on 1 800 022 222 for advice.

TELEPHONE BOOKINGS

ALL APPOINTMENTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR TELEPHONE BOOKINGS AS PER NEW GOVERNMENT POLICY. PLEASE TICK – BULK BILL PHONE CONSULT WHEN BOOKING ONLINE OR ADVISE WHEN CALLING THE PRACTICE. WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE- MEDICAL CERTIFICATES / PRESCRIPTIONS / REFERRALS VIA TELEPHONE.

IF YOU WANT TO COME TO THE PRACTICE PLEASE CALL US TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

IF FORMS ARE TO BE COMPLETED PLEASE CALL THE PRACTICE.

IF YOU HAVE RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS / RUNNY NOSE / SORE THROAT / FEVER – PLEASE DO NOT BOOK ONLINE. PLEASE CALL THE PRACTICE FOR A TELEPHONE CONSULT AND ADVICE FROM THE DOCTOR AND YOU WILL BE SEEN IF NECESSARY.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN DIRECT CONTACT WITH PERSONS CONFIRMED COVID-19 POSITIVE / HAVE BEEN OVERSEAS OR COME OFF A CRUISE SHIP AND ARE SHOWING ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS PLEASE GO TO THE NEAREST CLINIC TO YOU LISTED BELOW:

COVID-19 CLINIC LOCATIONS

  • Blue Mountains Hospital (Education Unit) (9 am to 5 pm, 7 days)
  • Lithgow Hospital (via main entrance) (10 am to 3 pm, 7 days)
  • Nepean Hospital (via West Block entrance) (10:30 am to 6 pm, 7 days)
  • Hawkesbury Hospital (a mobile clinic van) (10 am- to 3 pm, Monday to Friday)

These clinics are for people who have:

  • travelled overseas in the last 14 days AND also have symptoms similar to a cold or flu
  • had close contact with a loved one or other person who has confirmed diagnosis of COVID

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and our hospitals have well-established plans for handling respiratory infections, like COVID-19 and influenza. These plans are reviewed regularly and updated to reflect the latest advice and research.

Staff are trained in the world’s best practice for infection control and prevention which helps to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe.

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