COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic Government advice is being updated constantly. The following information is a guideline only. Please check government websites for the latest information and alerts or call COVID  Hotline –1800 020 080.

Current advice is for all patients to wear a mask during their visit. If you are not able to supply a mask we have them for sale for $2. 

The RACGP has recommended that GPs should not treat or test patients suspected of COVID-19 unless they wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If we are concerned you are a suspect case, we may direct you to either hospital or to a COVID respiratory clinic .

We are offering a telephone or video consultation service  for consultations. 

If you identify as having any respiratory infection symptoms on arrival at reception we may ask you to wait outside until called, to wear a mask and then call you in to an isolation room once the doctor is available. If are at high risk of the infection we may not be able to see you but will direct you to the correct health provider. 

Vaccination against COVID-19 is an essential component of our fight against this pandemic. 

Oral COVID-19 Medications

From May 1, general practitioners are able to prescribe Lagevrio or Paxlovid oral medications to certain Covid-19 positive patients with mild- moderate symptoms. Eligible patients are those aged over 18 years, who do not need oxygen or hospital admission and are at a higher risk* for developing severe disease. The medications are not suitable if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or a male with a partner who is trying to become pregnant, or for Paxlovid, if you are taking certain medications. Side effects, that occur in a small percentage of patients, are nausea, diarrhoea, dizziness or headache. They must be commenced with 5 days of 

The criteria for those at a higher risk currently are:

  • People 65 years or older with two additional high-risk factors for developing severe disease,

  • People 75 years or older with one additional high-risk factor for developing severe disease,

  • Moderately to severely immunocompromised people irrespective of vaccination status, and

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years or older with two additional high-risk factors for developing severe disease.

Please contact your regular general practitioner if you believe you may be eligible.

Exemption to Mask Wearing at the practice

Most people are able to wear a mask safely. The few accepted exceptions are:

1. Toddlers under 2 years of age and babies as masks can be a choking hazard

2. Children under 12 years of age if they cannot handle it safely

3. People with medical conditions that cause difficulty breathing wearing a mask

4. Anyone who is unable to remove the mask themselves without assistance

5. People assisting people with hearing or communication difficulties who need to lip read.

Self Isolation 

Self isolation refers to those patients who have tested positive and are well enough to stay at home. 

  • You should stay at home.

  • You should not have any visitors.

  • You should not have any trips to shops, work or school, church, park, movies, chemist etc 

  • Arrange for food to be delivered (and left at your doorstep).

  • Stay away as much as possible from others who live with you, sleep in another room from your partner if possible. Aim to keep a 1.5 m bubble around you. Use a separate bathroom if possible.

  • Eat away from others,  don't share food or drink. The sick person gets out of the table setting, washing up or dishwasher unpacking.

  • When not completely isolated when in your home cover your mouth when coughing, wash your hands often, wipe touched surfaces or wear disposable gloves and a face mask.

  • Regularly clean surfaces - benches, tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles on drawers, toilets and taps, mobile phones, remote controls, keyboards. 

  • Clothes can be washed as usual with other peoples clothes, but wash your hands after putting them in the machine.

  • Close the lid before flushing the toilet to reduce the risk of making the virus become airborne.

 Washing your hands regularly and avoiding touching your face are helpful preventative measures.