Coronavirus Update June 2020
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.
Obtaining results of your test or procedure
Your doctor will advise when they expect to receive the results back. Results can only be obtained via a consult with a doctor.
Your Doctor will advise the nurse to contact you via phone if urgent follow-up is required. A letter will be sent to you if we are unable to contact you by phone.
Telephone contact is open to all patients during practice hours. A nurse is available to discuss any concerns you may have and relay this to the GP. If necessary, the GP will contact you directly.
Reminder / Recall systems
Your Doctor will seek your permission to be included on our / and / or Government Registers. These registers are in place for immunisations, pap smears, diabetes checks and other conditions. If you do not wish to be part of either of these systems please let your doctor know.
We hope there are few but if you have a problem we would like to hear about it. There is a comments box in the waiting room. If you cannot resolve your issue with us you can contact the Office of the Health Ombudsman PO Box 13281 George Street, Brisbane Q 4003. Phone 133 646.
At times we may collect de-identified information from this practice for research purposes. If you do not wish your anonymous information to be passed on please advise your doctor.
Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) fundamentally believes that quality health care should be available to you, your family and the Australian Community.
Accreditation is an integral part of good general practice in Australia.
To ensure correct patient identification and so we can provide you with the highest quality medical care at this practice we will:
- Ask for your full name, date of birth and current address at reception to ensure you are correctly identified.
- If you are an existing patient, we still need to ask every time you visit or call.
- We cannot use a Medicare or Concession card as an identifier.
- The Doctor will also ask you to confirm your full name, date of birth & current address.
- If you see the Nurse or any other Health Care Specialist, you will be asked again.
Some of the reasons for doing so include but are not limited to:
- Patients with the same name.
- Human data entry errors are minimized if checks are made.
- Updating of records on each visit.
- Doctor / Nurse often calls out first name, so this will avoid errors at the time. Eg: Three Johns in the waiting room at the same time.
If you have any questions about these standards, please feel free to ask to speak to the Practice Manager or if not available ask for the Supervisor on duty.