FEELING UNWELL AND RECENTLY TRAVELLED?
We take an invested interest in the welfare of all our patients, so if you are feeling unwell and have any questions around your next point of call don't hesitate to call our friendly staff.
If you are presenting with symptoms of cold, cough, fever and have concerns relating to the novel coronavirus please call ahead to arrange an appointment with our clinic.
We cannot test for COVID-19 at our surgery so if you require this service, please attend your nearest collection point (see below).
Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology - Hurstville
Suite 18-10 The Avenue
Hurstville NSW 2220
P 9586 2411
F 9586 2420
Coronavirus testing only between 10am-3pm Mon-Fri
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.