In Perth, we are very fortunate to be living in one of the most isolated cities in the world and with sensible precautions, we should be able to contain the spread of the virus and reduce the impact on ourselves, our families and our communities. We have a low population density meaning that most housing is quite spread out – this will limit the spread of the virus. We all have a role to play in reducing the spread of the virus until a vaccine can be developed. Once developed, a vaccine will need to go through clinical trials and it is likely that we will not have a vaccine until next year. The 2020 flu vaccine will not protect you against Coronavirus but is highly recommended as it may protect you against other flu viruses that are circulating at the moment.
Given that this virus will be around for the months to come, we need to all be sensible and play our part to ensure our safety.
People with Coronavirus (COVID-19) may experience fever, cough, sore throat, aches, tiredness and breathlessness. The virus is spread through very fine droplets that are passed from person to person as we breathe, or cough in close proximity to an infected person. The virus can also be passed by touching contaminated surfaces.
To protect vulnerable groups of patients and our staff we have introduced a traffic light system to try and limit the spread of the virus:
You will be asked by reception about any cough, fevers, sore throat or cold symptoms. Please support us by being honest and letting us know if you have any of these symptoms.
You may be eligible for a Telephone consult, which will be covered by Medicare, if you are:
Zero Tolerance Policy
Our Practice has a Zero Tolerance Policy and any abuse will NOT be tolerated. Our frontline staff are working hard and putting their lives at risk to ensure all our patients are protected and cared for. If you do abuse our staff, you will be terminated by the Practice immediately. Thank you for your co-operation.
What you can do now:
Currently, you can be tested for Coronavirus at dedicated COVID-19 Clinics in Perth if you have a fever, upper respiratory symptoms such as a cough or sore throat and have been overseas recently or in contact with a known case of Coronavirus. You will need to show evidence of any travel. Healthcare staff with symptoms can also be tested at these clinics. You can check your risk using the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Risk Assessment Tool https://healthengine.com.au/covid19/
Most coughs, colds and the flu will get better within a week with simple measures such as keeping hydrated and taking regular paracetamol. All GPs are feeling the pressure at the moment and so please consider do you really need to come in or can you wait a few days to see if you will get better.
There are other viruses around at the moment that can give us very similar symptoms to Coronavirus. These include flu viruses. We can reduce our chances of becoming unwell with some of the flu viruses by getting vaccinated. This year we are running dedicated flu vaccine clinics and will aim to vaccinate the most vulnerable patients first.
During this clinic, we will try to minimise your contact with other patients and you will be taken straight to a consulting room rather than waiting in the waiting room.
These will be busy clinics and we will be unable to address other issues or provide scripts during this time. Your cooperation is appreciated.
You will be able to call up or book online for these dedicated flu clinics.
We are separating patients who are unwell and are only seeing unwell patients after 3pm so that we can limit the spread of the virus. If you are asked about flu-like symptoms, coughs, fevers etc, please be honest and understanding. If you book a morning appointment and have symptoms such as a cough, you are putting our staff and other patients at risk. Once again, your cooperation is appreciated at this difficult time.
We have introduced a new policy for patients that DID NOT ATTEND (DNA) their appointments. All patient who miss an appointment without cancelling at least 24 hours in advance will be charged $50 and will not be allowed to book another appointment with us until this is paid. There will be great pressure on healthcare over the coming months and it is unacceptable to waste an appointment that could have been used by someone else in need.
As per government advice and guidelines, GP resources and appointments must be conserved for patients who are unwell or need to see their doctor for continuing medical care. AT THIS TIME, DOCTORS ARE THEREFORE UNABLE TO PROVIDE MEDICAL CERTIFICATES OF ANY DESCRIPTION.The government has requested employers, schools and day care to allow employees/students who develop viral illness symptoms to take sick leave as required, without requiring a medical review or clearance from already overstretched clinics.
We have attached a letter that you can given to an employer or school/day care if a clearance is requested:
For the latest up to date accurate medical information please visit the following department of health websites for general and mental health advice: