Covid-19 Alert

Galway Medical Centre AND CORONAVIRUS

Please ask for a telephone consult if it is appropriate for your situation

Telephone consults have been made available to all patient’s wishing to see the doctor, rather than a face-to-face consult. If you decide to come for a face to face consult, you may be asked to remain in your car or to wait outside even if you are not symptomatic with respiratory symptoms or fever.

As at 6:00am on 30 March 2020, there have been 4,093 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. There have been 284 new cases since 6:00am yesterday.

Of the 4,093 confirmed cases in Australia, 16 have died from COVID-19. More than 214,000 tests have been conducted across Australia.

Location Confirmed cases*
Australian Capital Territory 77
New South Wales 1,918
Northern Territory 14
Queensland 656
South Australia 287
Tasmania 61
Victoria 769
Western Australia 311
Total** 4,093
  • * Note that under National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System reporting requirements, cases are reported based on their Australian jurisdiction of residence rather than where they were detected. For example, a case reported previously in the NT in a NSW resident is counted in the national figures as a NSW case.
  • ** Includes Diamond Princess repatriation cases: Qld (3), SA (1), Vic (4), WA (2, including 1 death)

Stay up to date through checking the Australian Government COVID-19 health alert, https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert which is updated every day.

Everyone must do the following things to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect those who are most at risk.

If you have travelled recently, see our advice for travellers.

Source: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/what-you-need-to-know-about-coronavirus-covid-19

For more information, contact the Coronavirus Health Information line on 1800 020 080 or go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID19.

Source: SA Health (2020)  COVID-19 Update 24 March 2020 https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/about+us/news+and+media/all+media+releases/covid-19+update+24+mar

Frequently Asked Questions:

https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/health+topics/health+topics+a+-+z/covid+2019/community/covid-19+frequently+asked+questions#AreCOVID-19symptomsthesameastheflu

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Our Commitment to you:

We will take measures to ensure we are not part of the spread and that you are all safe when attending the clinic.

Support immune function.

  • Get adequate sleep
  • Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Exercise regularly
  • Try and keep your stress levels to a minimum

Infection Control

Our practitioners will wash hands throughout the day, use masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment with all patients.

Hand Sanitiser will be available throughout the clinic and all bathrooms will have disinfectant hand wash/soap. Please wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser when you arrive in the clinic.

Health organisation signs will be put up in Staff areas with tips to be aware of as a practitioner and also in common areas for patients.

All door handles, EFTPOS terminals, phones, reception desk and common areas will be disinfected continuously throughout the day.

We will throw away the magazines and other multi use items in the reception space. Kids toys will be hidden for this time.

We are committed to ensuring that the clinic is a clean and safe place to come.

When attending the practice, we ask that you:

*Please help us help our local community by keeping us informed of any symptoms you might be experiencing, letting the receptionist know over the phone when making your appointment.

All patients will be offered a telephone appointment.

If you have to come in to the clinic please ensure that you sanitise your hands as soon as you enter the building using the hand sanitiser provided.

Please consider the option of waiting in your car or on the seats provided outside, rather than in the waiting room. If you choose to wait in the carpark or outside, on arrival you should:

  • Call reception to check in,
  • Answer any questions asked by the receptionist
  • Wait to be called back when it is your turn.
  • You will then enter the practice, perform your hand hygiene and go straight into the doctor’s office.
  • Remember to perform hand hygiene before you leave as well.

*Observe and take note that if there are more than 2 people already in the waiting room that you check in and then wait on the chairs provided outside until you are called or a person leaves the waiting room, which will then create space for you.

*If you need to cough or sneeze that you follow cough etiquette as displayed below.

*Please continue to be polite and respectful to all staff and other patients. There will be zero tolerance for aggressive or intimidating behaviour and people displaying inappropriate behaviour will be asked to leave. We are all in this together and it is vitally important that we take care of each other during these stressful times and beyond.

*Stand behind the white line when approaching the receptionists and be mindful that receptionists have been instructed to follow a “no touch policy”. This means that they may ask you to tap your card on the EFTPOS machine and if you need to enter a pin number, you will be asked to wipe down the pin pad yourself with the alcohol wipes provided.

* Please note that cash will not be accepted any more as it poses an unnecessary risk for infection transfer. There is also the option to pay by phone and have your receipt emailed to you or printed off and picked up at a later date.

*Practice social distancing – ensuring that you are 1.5 metres (or more if possible) away from the next person.

Limits on public gatherings for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public gatherings significantly increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading. On 29 March the National Cabinet agreed to further limit most indoor and outdoor non-essential gathering to 2 people. Rules on essential gatherings are also in place. Find out what limits apply.

These limits help to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They are especially important for at risk people, such as older people and those with chronic conditions.

Individual states and territories may choose how to reinforce the requirements.

Stay at home unless you are:

  • going to work or education (if you are unable to do so at home)
  • shopping for essential supplies such as groceries, return home without delay
  • going out for personal exercise in the neighbourhood, on your own or with one other
  • attending medical appointments or compassionate visits

Whenever you are out of the home, always practice good physical distancing and hand hygiene.

This is especially important for people of the over age of 70, those over 60 years who have existing health concerns and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the aged of 50 who have existing health concerns.  These groups should limit the contact with others as much as possible when away from home.

Source: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others-from-coronavirus-covid-19/limits-on-public-gatherings-for-coronavirus-covid-19

Social Distancing

What is social distancing and why is it important?

Social distancing includes ways to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. It means less contact between you and other people.

Social distancing is important because COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:

  • direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared
  • close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or
  • touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

So, the more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

What can I do?

If you are sick, stay away from others – that is the most important thing you can do.

You should also practise good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene:

  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
  • cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser, and
  • if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people).

As well as these, you can start a range of social distancing and low cost hygiene actions now.

These simple, common sense actions help reduce risk to you and to others. They will help to slow the spread of disease in the community – and you can use them every day – in your home, workplace, school and while out in public.

Social distancing at home

Households

To reduce the spread of germs1:

  • As mentioned, practise good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene
  • Avoid handshaking and kissing
  • Regularly disinfect high touch surfaces, such as tables, kitchen benches and doorknobs
  • Increase ventilation in the home by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
  • Visit shops sparingly and buy more goods and services online
  • Consider whether outings and travel, both individual and family, are sensible and necessary

Households where people are ill* (in addition to the measures above)

  • Care for the sick person in a single room if possible
  • Keep the number of carers to a minimum
  • Keep the door to the sick person’s room closed and, if possible, a window open
  • Both the sick person and the people caring for them should wear a surgical mask when they are in the same room
  • Protect other vulnerable family members, such as people over 65 years or people with a chronic illness, including, if practicable, finding alternative accommodation

Go to www.health.gov.au for more information.

Call the National Coronavirus Help Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

The phone number of your state or territory public health agency is available at www.health.gov.au/state-territory-contacts

If you have concerns about your health, speak to your doctor.

This information sheet should be read in conjunction with the ‘What you need to know’, ‘Isolation guidance’ and ‘Advice for public gatherings’ information sheets can be found at www.health.gov.au/covid19-resources.

SOURCE: Australian Government Health Department 2020 https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-social-distancing

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