In Perth, we are very fortunate to be living in one of the most isolated cities in the world and with sensible precautions, we should be able to contain the spread of the virus and reduce the impact on ourselves, our families and our communities. We have a low population density meaning that most housing is quite spread out - this will limit the spread of the virus. We all have a role to play in reducing the spread of the virus until a vaccine can be developed. Once developed, a vaccine will need to go through clinical trials and it is likely that we will not have a vaccine until next year. The 2020 flu vaccine will not protect you against Coronavirus but is highly recommended as it may protect you against other flu viruses that are circulating at the moment.
Given that this virus will be around for the months to come, we need to all be sensible and play our part to ensure our safety.
People with Coronavirus (COVID-19) may experience fever, cough, sore throat, aches, tiredness and breathlessness. The virus is spread through very fine droplets that are passed from person to person as we breathe, or cough in close proximity to an infected person. The virus can also be passed by touching contaminated surfaces.
To protect vulnerable groups of patients and our staff we have introduced a traffic light system to try and limit the spread of the virus:
You will be asked by reception about any cough, fevers, sore throat or cold symptoms. Please support us by being honest and letting us know if you have any of these symptoms.
You may be eligible for a Telephone consult, which will be covered by Medicare, if you are:
over 70 years of age
aboriginal / torres islander over 50 years of age
have a chronic disease
a parent with a child under 12 months
Zero Tolerance Policy
Our Practice has a Zero Tolerance Policy and any abuse will NOT be tolerated. Our frontline staff are working hard and putting their lives at risk to ensure all our patients are protected and cared for. If you do abuse our staff, you will be terminated by the Practice immediately. Thank you for your co-operation.
What you can do now:
We have attached a letter that you can given to an employer or school/day care if a clearance is requested: