COVID-19: Current advice for patients of this practice

Please note that these recommendations are current as of  15/03  and will change as the pandemic evolves.

  • The restrictions on visiting a health facility may differ from the Territory wide Public Health Direction. The latest restrictions for health facilities can be checked here https://screening.covid19.act.gov.au/user 
  • ALL STAFF AND VISITORS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A SURGICAL FACE MASK ON ENTRY TO THE NATIONAL CAPITAL PRIVATE HOSPITAL
  • There is now a limit on visitors for inpatients of two per day with one visitor at a time to maintain social distancing and a one accompanying person policy for clinic appointments applying for health facilities in the Territory to reduce spread of COVID-19.  Family members may be dialled into the consultations by phone or video. Telehealth consultations by video are available in place of face to face consultations.
  • Do not come to the practice if you have respiratory symptoms or are quarantined due to COVID-19 infection or being a close contact.

   https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/home

How to protect yourself and others against COVID-19

  • Hand hygiene is the most important safety precaution. Frequent hand cleaning with soap and water or alcohol based sanitiser will prevent you from picking up or transmitting the virus;
  • Follow the social distancing guidelines closely
  • Observe the present government limits on public gatherings, social gatherings and travel;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with respiratory symptoms (any of the following: runny nose, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing) or fever;
  • Try to avoid public places if you are immune suppressed.  If possible ask family or friends to do your shopping.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze do this into the front of your elbow if you do not have a tissue.
  • Download the ACT Health smartphone app https://www.health.act.gov.au/digital/consumerapp. The COVID symptom and travel screening tool on this app will speed up entry to each of the ACT Health Facilities.
  • Download the Check in CBR smartphone app http://www.covid19.act.gov.au/business-and-work/check-in-cbr
  • Download the Services NSW smartphone app to assist in contact tracing when visiting businesses in NSW

Should I keep my next clinic appointment which is due soon?

  • Clinics continue to operate, however you may benefit from a Skype or Zoom consultation if you do not need to be examined and would like to avoid extra trips to the hospital.  Your doctor may recommend a telehealth consultation if they think you are eligible.
  • Please call our clerical staff if you would prefer a telehealth consultation.
  • We ask that you bring only one support person to your clinic apppointment. We can dial in other carers or relatives by telephone or video during the consultation.
  • DO NOT ATTEND THE CLINIC IF:
  1. Have been in contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 infection in the last 2 weeks.
  2. Have any symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, new cough, fevers, chills or new loss of taste or smell.

Rather, please contact us to explain your circumstances and we will make alternative arrangements that would suit your individual circumstances.

Please refer to the next section to address your symptoms of suspected viral infection.

If you have suspicious symptoms, or If you have been in recent contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

      Vaccinations