Australia, as everyone knows, has avoided the dreaded overloading of the health system with Covid 19 illness. We are currently in a honeymoon period – once domestic travel starts and next year international travel starts we will start to see cases.
The aim now is to stay home from work, school, daycare if you are unwell and be tested.
COVID-19 Diagnosis and Testing
Tests are not perfect (30% failure rate especially early in the illness) but it is all we have.
When people are diagnosed we must not demonise them but be thankful they are identified. Then appropriate quarantine of them and people they have been in contact with can shut down local spread quickly.
It seems clear that spread by people with little in the way of symptoms is going to be the biggest problem. Social/Personal distancing 1.5m, washing/sterilising hands often, cough/sneezing into your elbow, don’t touch your face, are still the most important habits to keep.
Masks remain tricky to give advice on. On public transport, planes or when social distancing is difficult (Rusty’s market etc) wearing a mask may protect others from you but probably not you from someone coughing/sneezing in front of you.
COVID 19 APP
The Covid 19 app, COVIDSafe, may help in the future. Hopefully, its issues on some phones will be sorted out by the time it is really useful in a few months.
Our Telephone Appointments Are Still Available
To help streamline testing for you we are keeping appointments open for telephone consultation at 11am and 2pm each day.
Find more information about Sullivan and Nicolaides drive through testing here.
Social distancing is key.
If you have a cough, sore throat or fever please contact reception to book a Telehealth appointment with one of our doctors. Do not come into the practice.
Patients who are unwell and their workplaces are requesting a clearance certificate should stay at home until they feel better, then self certificate or give a statutory declaration to their employer. Employers need to be flexible at this time not send mildly unwell employees to overstretched GPs please.
GPs in the practice may be contacted during normal surgery hours. However, the receptionist will put you through to the nurse who will relay your message on to the GP, who will return your call if necessary. Your call will always be put through to the GP in an emergency.
Is at the discretion of your treating Doctor. Email is not recommended as your privacy & confidentiality may be compromised when communication via email without encryption.
Only non urgent matters should be communicated by email. Information provided by email should be of a general nature when privacy is not assured. There is no cost for electronic communication.
Please note that phone contact is the preferred method of contact. Please do not email to request for appointments to be made / cancelled or to obtain results. Email Communication should only be used at the request of Mount Sheridan Medical Practice Staff.
After Hours Service
An after hours service is provided by Dial-A-Doctor who can be contacted on 1300 030 030.
In an Emergency please consider calling the ambulance on ‘000’ or present to the Accident and Emergency department at the Cairns Hospital.
Our Location – How to Find Us
The practice is located at: 6-8 George Cannon Drive, Mount Sheridan, QLD 4868.
From the North Side
Take the Murgatroyd Road exit off the Bruce Highway towards Mt Sheridan & White Rock, Turn right at the traffic lights towards Mt Sheridan, follow until the first roundabout, turn left into George Cannon Drive and the practice is on the right.
From the South Side
Take the Foster Road exit off the Bruce Highway towards Mt Sheridan, pass the shopping centre and continue onto Foster Road, continue straight through the first roundabout, then take the right into Forest Gardens Boulevard, at the roundabout take a right into George Cannon Drive, follow George Cannon Drive around (road will veer to the left ) and the practice is on the left.