The borders are opening sooner than expected, and health services are planning how to manage patients with potential COVID-19 infections after that date.
Let’s not forget the simple measures of hand sanitiser and face masks – which is why ALL people entering our clinic must wear a face mask, even now.
For those people who have not been vaccinated, now is the time to urgently seek COVID-19 vaccination. There is plenty of evidence that all the vaccinations in Australia significantly reduce the chances of ending up in hospital, the intensive care unit, or dying from COVID-19 infection. Nothing in life is perfect and even though vaccines may not prevent all breakthrough infections, being at least double vaccinated reduces the severity of the illness and also lessens the risk of onward transmission to those people close to you.
Let’s not forget, people who are at high risk of COVID disease may face a difficult choice to only allow fully vaccinated people into their household. This undoubtedly will cause them and others distress at a time when we want to be close to our family and loved ones.
Going forward Reydon Street Medical Centre wants to look after all our patients and so as COVID infections spread within the community, we will increasingly need to screen patients through telephone or video consultations (TELEHEALTH) to carry out a risk assessment before we are able to book face to face appointments and allow them into the building. Some simple consultations my only require a TELEHEALTH consultation as we can send prescriptions and pathology requests by SMS or email. Where a face to face consultation for an examination is needed, depending on the overall risk assessment, it may take place inside the building, in our tent outside or we may refer them to the local respiratory clinic, fever clinic or hospital.
Like last year, our Support team will be under a significant increase in workload, and so we ask as many patients as possible to book and pay on-line as possible. We request they use the pre-payment options whenever possible. Please be reassured that payment card details are not saved on the payment or our systems, and single use token is generated, and redeemed after the consultation is completed.
There are real concerns that as COVID infections increase, people neglect their routine care. Over the next few weeks it is recommended that you consider bringing forward any monitoring or screening tests that may fall due over the next three to six months – for example cervical cancer tests, breast screening, blood tests or other monitoring especially where these involve an in person attendance.
Keep an eye on our Website News page, and our Facebook for updates over the next weeks.