Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Update

At Dee Why Medical Centre we are committed to caring for and supporting our patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

It is important for patients to continue with their usual health check-ups, procedures and immunisations. We are open 7 days to provide healthcare to individuals and families via telehealth (phone or video) consultation or face to face appointments

What is Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses which cause respiratory tract infections. Other coronaviruses include Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).The severity of novel coronavirus infection can vary from very mild to severe, life threatening illness. Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, tiredness and difficulty breathing

COVID-19

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new form of coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.

Symptoms of COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience symptoms such as:

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

Other symptoms can include runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

Identifying Covid-19 symptoms

What should I do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you are concerned you may have COVID-19:

Protect yourself and others

Everyone must do the following things to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect those who are most at risk.

See important advice on:

Avoid infection or spread of COVID-19

Advice for people most at risk

See more information and advice for people most at risk, including:

Why it’s important to look after your mental health during COVID-19

Our ongoing support during coronavirus (COVID-19) section has advice on how you can stay healthy during COVID-19 restrictions. It’s important that you still:

Looking after your mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

Our nation is winning the war against COVID-19 infections, but it’s taking a toll on other parts of people’s lives, including their mental health. The very measures that have been protecting Australians and flattening the curve — social distancing, quarantine, self-isolation, staying at home — have increased anxiety, stress and loneliness in some people.

Mental Health and wellbeing

States and territories are starting to wind back social distancing restrictions, which should bring people together and help boost mental wellbeing. But life isn’t back to normal yet. If you are concerned about any mental health getting help is vital.

Take advantage of telehealth

Mental health consultations are now being done through telehealth. Telehealth usually involves talking to a health professional on a video-call app or over the phone. Our practice has remained open to caring for and supporting our patients during the coronavirus pandemic. Please call us on 9981 3111 or book online if you need to speak to a doctor about your mental health.

 Need to talk to someone now?

You don’t need to book an appointment if you need help urgently, or just want to chat with a trained mental-health professional. There are many free services and helplines available.

mental health services

Use of masks by the public in the community

While the rate of community transmission is low, the routine use of face masks in the community is recommended when you can’t social distance or live in a COVID-19 hotspot area. It also includes instructions on how to put on a disposable mask if you choose to wear one.

Surgical Mask vs Cloth Mask

COVID Clinics Northern Beaches

Brookvale Community Health Centre Clinic
612-624 Pittwater Road, Brookvale, NSW 2100
Open: 8am to 6pm, 7 days

Dee Why Respiratory Clinic
G/5 Mooramba Road, Dee Why NSW 2099
Open: 8am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday
Appointment only. Please call (02) 8416 5005 or book online

Mona Vale Hospital
Building 14, Community Health Centre
Coronation Street, Mona Vale NSW 2103
Open: 9am to 4:30pm, 7 days

Northern Beaches Hospital
105 Frenchs Forest Road (west), Frenchs Forest, NSW 2086
Rear of Emergency Department (secluded mental health entry)
Open: 8am to 5pm, 7 days

Royal North Shore Hospital
Level 6, The Douglas Building, Reserve Road, St Leonards, NSW 2065
Open: 8am to 8pm, 7 days

References:

https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/04/coronavirus-covid-19-identifying-the-symptoms.pdf

https://preview.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Federal Government Coronavirus page

https://www.health.gov.au

National Coronavirus Helpline – 1800 020 080

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/blog/why-getting-your-flu-shot-in-april-2020-will-help-in-the-fight-against-covid-19

https://www.healthdirect.org.au