Update on Coronavirus testing for our patients in South Brisbane.

We congratulate our Reydon Street patients for putting the community first and coming forward for testing even with minor respiratory symptom. We understand the inconvenience this has caused  for some of you.

The good news is  so far  we have had a lucky escape in South Brisbane, with only very limited  community transmission after the  recent high profile positive Coronavirus cases.

However, it seems likely that we  will need to continue the current vigilant approach for another week or two until the situation in Queensland becomes clearer again.

We encourage patients  who have any illness symptoms to discuss these  with your GP by telephone or video. The symptoms of COVID-19 infection include

Most common symptoms:

  • fever
  • dry cough
  • tiredness

Less common symptoms:

  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea
  • conjunctivitis
  • headache
  • loss of taste or smell
  • a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes

At Reydon Street Medical Centre we have been able to help more patients, more efficiently  using telehealth and  email communications. For patients  who are well overall your GP will often be able  to consult with  you by video or telephone and  arrange to send you direct to the private pathology testing sites. Last week, some patients received their results in less than half a day. Even with  a negative result a follow up telephone call with your doctor will usually be needed to  follow up on you progress, discuss return to work and school, and arrange any necessary medical certificates.

Thankfully most patients have not experienced  significant systemic upset, but it is important to  realise  serious symptoms of Coronavirus infection include:

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • chest pain or pressure
  • loss of speech or movement.

Patients  with these  symptoms are  likely to need extensive examination, additional investigations and advanced clinical management. In many cases they will need to attend an Emergency Department o  a Respiratory Clinic which has equipment and procedures in place to  deal with their clinical needs.

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