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COVID-19 Vaccine information and updates

IMPORTANT PATIENT NOTICE

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COVID-19 VACCINE 1b ROLL OUT information and links

Red Hill Doctors Surgery has been selected to participate in the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine 1b rollout.

Due to the limited number of vaccines we will be receiving for Phase 1b, our rollout is very slow.  We are currently only vaccinating existing patients of the Practice who are 70 years and over.  Once Government supply levels increase and delivery times are more consistent, we will run more COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics.  Bookings will only be available online.   AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations will not be given during a normal consultations.

We will notify all patients by email when online bookings for the Covid-19 vaccine clinics become available.  Keep an eye our website as we it be updated as things change.  Please do not the phone the practice to make an appointment.

If you have any questions relating to COVID-19 Vaccine, send an email to reception@redhilldoctors.com.au and allow up to 48 hours for us to reply to your query.

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine patient information sheet link:  Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine Patient information sheet

 

Respiratory Clinics have COVID-19 Vaccine stock available.  These clinics are offering appointments within 7 days 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 service.  These are offered at one of the General Practitioner lead Respiratory Clinic

Am I eligible?

Phase 1b priority population groups include:

  • Elderly adults aged 70 years and over
  • Other health care workers over 50 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 55
  • Adults with an underlying medical condition, including those with a disability over 50 years
  • Critical and high risk workers including defense, police, fire emergency services and meat processing over 50 years

Please note:  People who are not registered for Medicare can still receive a free COVID-19 vaccination service at a General Practitioner led Respiratory Clinic or at a state or territory vaccination clinic. Medicare eligible patients can also attend these clinics.

If you’re unsure, click the eligibility checker and declaration form links below:

COVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBILITY CHECKER:  COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker

PATIENT ELIGIBILITY DECLARATION FORM must be completed and supplied on the day of vaccination if you’re under 70 years of age:

COVID-19 Vaccine Declaration Form

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form

 Other Patient information below:

Preparing for your AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination: Preparing for your COVID-19 vaccine appointment

After your AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination: After your Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccination

 

Other Covid-19 information

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 ring 33692444 to be triaged prior to making an appointment.

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.

Fever Assessment Clinics

Metro North HHS have established Fever Assessment Clinics at four hospitals. Click on the link for the most up to date locations in Metro North area: COVID-19 (coronavirus) Fever Clinics and Community Assessment Clinics

Respiratory Clinics are also available where patients see a GP and have a COVID test done during the appointment. You must make an online appointment to attend these clinics. Click the link to check appointment availability: https://www.hotdoc.com.au/search?in=brisbane-QLD-4000&purpose=respiratory&where=service:respiratory

People requiring COVID-19 assessment with severe symptoms including shortness of breath and temperature >37.5 degrees should present to their nearest hospital ED fever assessment clinic.

 

What is COVID-19

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus affecting humans.

Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

This novel coronavirus is still new and as such we are still learning more about it.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading the global response to the novel coronavirus outbreak and is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus including how it affects people, how it is transmitted and what countries can do to respond.

What are the Symptoms?

The virus can cause a range of symptoms, ranging from mild illness to pneumonia. People may experience:

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat or headaches
  • difficulty breathing
  • 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

People with suspected novel coronavirus will be tested and may also need to have a chest x-ray.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 infection. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections. However, most of the symptoms can be treated with supportive medical care.

See link below for information relating to the COVID-19 Australian vaccine progress and plan.

Protecting yourself and others from the novel coronavirus

Novel coronavirus is transmitted from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Transmission may occur from contaminated surfaces, so it is important to maintain Social Distancing, frequently wash your hands and wear a mask.

To protect yourself and others from infection practice good hand and respiratory hygiene including:

cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
staying home if you are unwell.

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-guidance

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.