FLU SHOTS ARE IN!
Cough and flu season is well and truly upon us and we want to ensure the health of all our patients. Ask about the influenza vaccines today as you are eligible for a free shot if you are:
- >65 years
- immunocompromised / chronic illness
- < 5 years and over 6 months of age
As we approach the cooler months , our surgery is taking action to prevent the spread of germs. We have sanitising stations and tissues available to patients.
NEED TO SEE THE DOCTOR?
We request all patients PHONE AHEAD of attending the surgery and one of our Doctors will phone you back for a TeleConsult. If they see a need for you to attend the surgery they will create a follow up appointment.
are operating in adherence to social distancing requirements and
stepping up our hygiene practices during this time to ensure
patients feel comfortable and looked after.
Please call our Surgery to arrange a callback. (02) 9547 1099
FEELING UNWELL or RECENTLY TRAVELLED?
If you feel unwell or have any flu-like symptoms we are you please DO NOT attend the surgery but call instead. We will ensure you are looked after.
Perhaps you are feeling uncertain but need to come in for a follow up appointment, not to worry, we encourage all patients who are uneasy about coming in to wait outside or in their cars and call the surgery to advise that you are waiting. The staff can then call you once the doctor is ready for you.
We are operating in adherence to social distancing requirements and stepping up our hygiene practices during this time to ensure patients feel comfortable and looked after
Perhaps you are feeling unwell and need to get in touch with your GP but are not wanting to come into the surgery because of the current COVID-19 pandemic?
We cannot test for COVID-19 at our surgery so if you require this service, please attend your nearest collection point (see below).
NO REFERRAL OR APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
34 Woniora Road, corner Empress Lane
Hurstville NSW 2220
9:00am - 4:00 pm Mon - Fri
9:00 am - 2:00 pm Sat - Sun
MEDIA UPDATE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Coronaviruses are a type of virus that can affect humans and animals. Some coronaviruses cause illness similar to the common cold while other coronaviruses may cause more serious illness particularly in the elderly.
For this reason we encourage all patients to take extra care at this time.
What are the symptoms?
Patients may have fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath and other symptoms.
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.
Who is at risk?
People who have:
- been in contact with a person with COVID-19
- visited or transited through a higher risk country (Mainland China, Iran, Italy, South Korea) in the previous 14 days
As there is increasing community transmission in a number of countries around the world, anyone who has travelled overseas in the past 14 days is at increased risk.
People with underlying illnesses that make them more vulnerable to respiratory disease, including those with diabetes, chronic lung disease, kidney failure, people with suppressed immune systems and older people are at a higher risk of serious disease.
How is it prevented?
- Clean your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Practice cough etiquette (keep away from other people, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and clean your hands.
- Travellers to Asia should not visit live bird and animal markets, including 'wet' markets.
I have travelled to a higher risk country. What should I do?
- self isolate yourself from others for 14 days from the day you departed the affected country
- monitor yourself for symptoms
- call your doctor or healthdirect on 1800 022 222. When you call, tell them where you have travelled or if you have been in contact with a confirmed case.
- or (if your symptoms are severe)
- visit your local Emergency Department. When you arrive, immediately tell staff where you have travelled or if you have been in contact with a confirmed case.
Human coronaviruses are spread from someone with confirmed coronavirus to other close contacts with that person through contaminated droplets spread by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with contaminated hands, surfaces or objects.
The time between when a person is exposed to the virus and when symptoms first appear is typically 5 to 6 days, although may range from 2 to 14 days. For this reason, people who might have been in contact with a confirmed case are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Most COVID-19 cases appear to be spread from people who have symptoms. A small number of people may have been infectious before their symptoms developed.
For a list of higher risk countries, refer to Department of Health - COVID-19: Countries and regions considered to pose a risk of transmission.
If you have been in, departed from, or transited through a higher risk country in the last 14 days, you should:
If you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms, please:
If you have symptoms it is important that don't go to work, school/university/childcare, the gym, or public areas, and you should not use public transport, taxis, or ride-sharing services. If you need to seek medical care wear a surgical mask if available when attending. You should not use public transport, taxis, or ride-sharing services to get to your doctor or emergency department.