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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - updated 26/4/2020

GHFP is keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 pandemic situation. We are using our social media platforms to disperse up to date information to the GHFP patient community.

Your cooperation with Public Health recommendations will greatly assist with "flattening the curve" and helping our health system to cope over the coming months.

 

 

We recommend that anyone who is unwell to STAY AT HOME AND USE THE PHONE: do not go to your GP surgery, work, school, child care, crowded public space, or mass gathering. Please isolating yourself to help stop the spread of such symptoms to others. 2020 is not the year to "soldier on" with a cold or flu - please stay at home.

 

 

We hope that the practice can remain open for essential in-surgery consultations, but this depends on whether our team remain well. 

We have signage at our front entrance requesting that anyone with fever and / or respiratory symptoms does not enter GHFP. Anyone who disregards the warning signs and enters the surgery who has fever and / or respiratory symptoms will be asked to put on a mask and wait either outside the practice (in their vehicle) or in a designated area of the waiting room. All persons who have symptoms AND epidemiological criteria cannot be safely assessed at GHFP and will be asked to leave GHFP immediately. People who disregard this advice are potentially exposing other patients, staff and practitioners to Covid-19, and may disrupt our business workforce. In the interest of keeping GHFP open, and protecting the community, please read and follow the direction on our warning signs.

To assist with infection control we will be re-arranging the chairs in our waiting room and removing toys and magazines from the practice - things look different, but please don't be alarmed, we are just following pandemic recommendations and trying to keep our community healthy.

Phone Consults and Telehealth (video) Consults

We wish to continue to provide care to all of our patients, even when they are unable to enter the surgery due to symptoms, self-isolation or quarantine. As an alternative to in-surgery appointments GHFP is providing Telehealth (video) Consults & Telephone Consults for our existing patients.

In-surgey Appointments:

For now, we will continue to offer safe in-surgery appointments for people who do not have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat). 

If you are unsure please phone the surgery on 6169 0000 to book your appointments. Our friendly Receptionists and Practice Nurses will help to triage the urgency of your attendance and will recommend and arrange a Telehealth Consult where appropriate.

 

CURRENT COVID-19 RECOMMENDATIONS IN TASMANIA (updated 26/4/2020):

 

  • Widespread testing for COVID-19 has been advised for ALL Tasmanians with ANY cold of flu-like symptoms from 23.4.2020. GHFP patients with symptoms should arrange a Phone or Telehealth Consult with one of our GP's so that we arrange a referral for testing.
  • If you are unwell avoid contact with other people: stay at home and use the phone, don't go to work, school or childcare, and don't visit a residential aged care facility.
  • Do not come in to the surgery if you have any symptoms (fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath) or if you think you might have COVID-19. Instead please book a Phone Consult or Telehealth Consult with one of our GPs by phoning the surgery on 6169 0000 or booking online (use the purple book appointment button on this website or the Appointuit App). Our GP's can refer you to a Respiratory Clinic for COVID-19 testing. Alternatively,  phone the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline, 1800 671 738.
  • Follow any advice given to you by Public Health, especially if it is to quarantine or self-isolate.
  • If your symptoms are extreme, which require emergency treatment, ring 000 or go to the emergency department.
  • If you need medical advice about anything (not just Covid-19) please phone GHFP on  6169 0000 and explain your situation to our friendly Receptionist who may be able to schedule a GP consultation, whether it is at the surgery or via phone or telehealth.
  • Wash and dry your hands often, with soap and water. Germs can spread through hand contact. Wash your hands before touching your face (especially lips, mouth, nose, eyes), food and drinks, and after coughing, sneezing and going to the toilet.
  • Wash and dry your hands well. Make sure the soap and water come into contact with your whole hand – palms, backs of hands, thumbs, fingertips, wrists and the webbing between your fingers. Rub your hands for 15–20 seconds.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, use the inside of your elbow. Put used tissues in the rubbish straight after use (don’t keep gems in your pocket!) and then wash your hands.
  • Keep your distance. Try to keep 1.5m (2 large steps) from other people. 
  • Keep an eye on the Tasmanian Public Health website for more information.