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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.

It is no longer mandatory to wear a mask when visiting the practice, although you are welcome to do so. We request that you wear a mask if you have any respiratory symptoms and/or you have had recent close contact with a person with COVID -19 infection.

We are offering a telephone or video consultation service  for consultations, if you have COVID-19 or are unable to attend. 

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

Oral COVID-19 Medications

From 1 May 2022, 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.

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. 

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