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COVID-19 Vaccine information and updates

IMPORTANT PATIENT NOTICE

Red Hill Doctors Surgery currently has Pfizer Covid vaccines available. 

Appointments with your regular GP is required for all Covid vaccinations.  There are no plans in place to run any vaccination clinics. 

To be eligible for a 4th Covid dose, you must be 30yrs or over.  It MUST also be more than 3 months since your 3rd Covid vaccination and/or positive Covid infection to receive a 4th dose. 

If you book online, please use the Vaccination appointment type and clearly indicate you’re coming for 4th Covid dose only.  If you require a consultation add 4th Covid dose + consult.  Otherwise you can email to reception@redhilldoctors.com.au or ring 33692444 to speak to our Reception staff. 

Every effort will be made to avoid appointment cancellations however this may be unavoidable until stock levels meet the community demand. 

Thank-you in advance for your understanding.

RHDS

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                                                         Are you’re unwell?

If you’re unwell please refer to information below to determine your next steps:

  • stay/isolate at home until you can do a RAT to confirm a negative or positive result
  • only call Triple Zero if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing/breathlessness, chest pain, fainting or dizziness, or any other medical emergency not related to COVID-19
  • You can phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or 134 COVID (13 42 68) for other health advice.

 Click on the links below to find all the information you need to know should you test positive and/or become a close contact.

 

Important Links:

Queensland Health – I have COVID-19

Self reporting COVID Positive RAT result

Managing COVID-19 at home

 

The Doctors respectfully request patients adhere to the following guidelines when entering the Practice. This is to protect everyone including the most vulnerable in the community, practice staff and the doctors themselves:

 

Masks MUST be worn at all times in the Practice.

It is important your mask is fitted correctly and covers your nose and mouth whilst in the practice.  Please do not remove your mask for any reason unless directed by your Doctor.  To continue to keep our most vulnerable patients safe, this will continue to be a requirement from 5/4/2022 when Qld mask mandates change.

 

Waiting to see your Doctor.

Asymptomatic patients can wait in the practice for their appointment however symptomatic or actuely unwell patients must ring first then wait in their car to be triaged by their Doctor and/or practice Nurse.

 DO NOT MAKE A FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENT IF THE PATIENT AND/OR PARENT/GUARDIAN/CARER/OTHER HAS THE FOLLOWING:

  • tested positive in the last 7 days using Rapid Antigen Test RAT or PCR through Pathology lab, or
  • been a close contact in the last 7 days with a person who has tested positive to COVID-19 via RAT or PCR, or
  • loss of smell and/or taste, and/or
  • cough, and/or
  • sore throat, and/or
  • runny nose, and/or
  • temperature (fever), and/or
  • shortness of breath, and/or
  • vomiting or nausea, and/or
  • diarrhea, and/or
  • fatigue, and/or
  • joint or muscle aches and pains, and/or
  • loss of appetite

Patients who fit one or more of the above the criteria, must make a Telehealth appointment.  Fees are the same as Face to Face appointments.  The patient will receive a Medicare rebate if they have been seen by a Doctor in the practice in the last 12 month.  If not, out of pocket will be the full consultation fee.

If you need to be seen face to face more urgently, please either attend Government respiratory clinic or present to an Emergency Department at one of the public or private Brisbane hospitals.

To adhere to social distancing requirements, the Doctors request adult patients attend their appointments alone, one parent/guardian attend with one child, one carer attend with one patient.

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COVID-19 VACCINE ROLL OUT information and links

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Red Hill Doctors Surgery is currently part of National COVID-19 Vaccine rollout

Pfizer vaccines are available through general practice appointments for existing Red Hill Practice patients.

Pfizer vaccine clinic eligibility is for:

  • 12 years and over

Eligibility Checker for RHDS: Commonwealth Eligibility Checker

12yrs and over Consent form: COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form

12yrs and over Pfizer vaccine appointments can be made Monday to Friday with your GP as a standard general practice appointment.

To keep our phone lines free please either book online through HotDoc or send an email to reception@redhilldoctors.com.au and one one the practice Receptionists will arrange an appointment time. 

All COVID-19 Pfizer booster doses are for 16 years & over only and it must be minimum of 3 months from your 2nd dose.

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5-11 year olds are now eligible for the Paediatric Pfizer vaccine

Due to low demand Doctors are no longer giving Pfizer Paediatric vaccine through clinics or general practice appointments.
 
Local Pharmacies, Respiratory Clinics and Qld Health Hubs are vaccinating this age group.

Other vaccination clinic locations:

Qld Health are running clinics for 5-11 year olds.  You can register your child using the link below and you will contacted with appointment options when they become available.  Link: https://www.vaccinebookings.health.qld.gov.au/registerforvaccination/

Alternately,  you may wish to use the Clinic Finder link below for appointments at other locations:

5-11 year Pfizer vaccine Clinic finder

Links for consent form and important information regarding Pfizer vaccine below:

5-11 year COVID-19 Vaccination consent form

Information for parents/guardians:

Pfizer after vaccination for children and teens

After your Pfizer covid-19 vaccination

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PATIENT INFORMATION FORMS

Pfizer vaccine:

Patient information: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-information-on-covid-19-pfizer-comirnaty-vaccine

Information for Parents of Teens: https: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccine-information-for-teens-and-parentsguardians

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccine-information-for-teens-and-parentsguardiansGet Outlook for iOS

After Pfizer vaccine:  https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-after-your-pfizer-comirnaty-vaccine

If you have any questions relating to COVID-19 Vaccine, Clinic appointment availability etc, please send an email to reception@redhilldoctors.com.au and the Practice staff will provide a response or contact you directly within 1-2 working days.  If this is not possible, you’re welcome to ring 33692444 and we will endeavor to make an appointment with your GP.

https://www.vaccinebookings.health.qld.gov.au/registerforvaccination/

Astra Zeneca (Vaxzevria) doses are no longer available.

Qld Health Vaccination hubs and Pharmacies are still able to vaccinate those due for their 2nd dose. 

See location links below:

Qld Health Vaccination hubs: Qld Health Vaccination Hubs

Pharmacy: Find a Pharmacy

12yrs & over Pfizer COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC APPOINTMENT INFORMATION  

Pfizer vaccine eligibility is strictly for:

  • all patients 12 years and over

NO other medical service can be done during any vaccination CLINIC appointments.  If you have any concerns or questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, DO NOT book a clinic appointment. Please make a general practice appointment with your GP to discuss.

The doctors will NOT give the vaccine if:

  • the patient has had any Anaphylaxis or severe Allergic reaction in the past

  • the patient has a needle phobia and/or faints after having needles

  • the patient has had a different COVID-19 vaccine in the past

  • the patient has had another vaccine within 7 days

  • the patient is unwell including cold and flu, temperature etc

  • not registered with Medicare

If  you cannot be accommodated with an appointment, you can book into one of the Government GP Lead local Respiratory Clinics.  They have large quantities of COVID-19 Vaccine stock available.  These clinics are offering same day appointments to anyone in the community.  Click the link below if this would be better suited:

Link for General Practitioner lead RESPIRATORY CLINIC locations:   GP lead Respiratory Clinics

Please note:  People who are not registered for Medicare can still receive a free COVID-19 vaccination at one of the above Respiratory Clinics

REQUIRED FOR ALL COVID-19 APPOINTMENTS:

Pfizer vaccine 1st dose 12 years & over:

Print and complete the consent form:  https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-consent-form to bring with you on the day of your appointment

Pfizer 2nd dose NOT given at RHDS:

You MUST bring proof of your previous dose of Pfizer or Astra Zeneca ie: MyGov Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Statement Link: https://my.gov.au/LoginServices/main/login?execution=e2s1 or vaccination card/form from your previous vaccination provider.

Pfizer vaccine 2nd dose:

Your 2nd dose appointment will be made 3 weeks, to the day, of your 1st dose given at Red Hill Doctors Surgery.  A reminder will be added for your 3rd dose due 3 months later or earlier based on the Doctor’s clinical advice.

Follow the link below for more information and what you need to prepare for the COVID-19
Vaccine: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-preparing-for-covid-19-vaccination

Pfizer vaccine 3rd dose:

3rd dose appointment are available for 16years and over with a minimum of 3 months since your 2nd dose.

Clinics are currently run from the garage off Victoria Street.

Patients will be seen in order of appointment time only.

It is very important you DO NOT present more than 5 minutes early as we have structured the COVID-19 Vaccination clinic to adhere to current social distancing requirements.

Allow time to find a park as there will be higher number of vehicles in our carpark on the day.

Our COVID-19 clinic Co-ordinator will check you in, review your consent form if 1st dose appointment, triage before directing you through to one of the Doctor/Nurse teams.

ON THE DAY OF VACCINATION 

  • Wear a mask
  • Arrive on time for your appointment
  • Wear a short sleeve loose top that allows us to vaccinate you in the upper arm. 
  • Be prepared to wait at least 15 minutes after the vaccination. 
  • If you are unwell in any way do not attend your appointment.  Either call us before the appointment or reply to the SMS so we can cancel
  • If you require proof of vaccination, you can access this through your MyGov account within 48 hours. 

All vaccinated patients will be required to remain onsite for 15 minutes in order to be able to notify the Doctor in the unlikely event of an allergic reaction following vaccination.

Please follow directions from our staff for the safety of yourself and others around you.

If you have any questions relating to the above prior to your Clinic appointment, you could send an email to reception@redhilldoctors.com.au and we will respond within 48 hours.

Please note:  People who are NOT registered for Medicare can still receive a free COVID-19 vaccination service at one of the General Practitioner lead Respiratory Clinics

Patient consent form must be completed and supplied on the day of vaccination. See link below:

COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form

Other Links for information relating to COVID-19:

https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/about-covid-19-vaccines

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-need-to-know

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-the-use-of-surgical-masks

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-isolation-gui

IMPORTANT PATIENT NOTICE

Due to COVID-19 it is IMPORTANT to book a Phone (Telehealth) appointment if you fit any of the criteria listed below:

Respiratory symptoms such as: loss of smell and/or taste, cough, sore throat, runny nose, temperature (fever), shortness of breath, vomiting or nausea, diarrhoea, fatigue, joint or muscle aches and pains, loss of appetite , and/or recently travelled from a declared COVID-19 Hot Spot, (Qld Hotspot and Border restrictions) and/or been a close contact with a person who has tested positive to COVID-19?

Effective 1st of October 2020, the Government made changes to Telehealth. Fees apply for all Face to Face and Telehealth consultations

To receive a Medicare rebate for a Telehealth appointment, the patient must have had a face to face consultation at the Practice in the last 12 months. If not, the out of pocket cost will be the whole consultation fee.

For all Urgent medical attention ring triple zero (000).

New Patients cannot book an appointment online. Please download new patient forms under the Booking tab, complete and email to reception@redhilldoctors.com.au then ring 33692444 to make an appt. All other Face to Face appointments can be made either online through Appointuit or ring 33692444 and our Reception staff will endeavor to arrange an appointment time with your Doctor that suits you.