There is a lot of concern in the news and media regards a novel virus originating in Wuhan, China.
Patients who pose the greatest risk include:
Travel to China in the 14 days before the onset of illness. OR
Travel to the following within 14 days before onset of illness:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
Close contact in 14 days before illness onset with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
The standard advise is that ‘anyone with respiratory symptoms should practice simple hygiene by covering their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their elbow and washing their hands thoroughly.’ The video below is from Queensland Health giving hygiene tips to reduce the spread of influenza and other respiratory infections.
Our usual request that patients with respiratory symptoms such as fever with a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath put on face mask on arrival at Reydon Street Medical Centre.
Anyone who suspects they may be at greater risk or may have come into contact with the new Coronavirus and are unwell are requested to phone ahead to speak to our Reception Staff before booking an appointment or attending our clinic.
Patient who are already significantly unwell with fever and symptoms are requested to phone the local Queensland Health Emergency Departments to seek advice whether they should attend there in the first instance.
- QEII Jubilee Hospital Phone: (07) 3182 6111
- Princess Alexandra Hospital Phone: (07) 3176 2111
In some circumstances it will be preferable to attend the Emergency Department or if the patient is to be seen at the clinic this will help us make arrangements to keep staff and other patients protected.