Now, more than ever, it is vital to keep your health and wellbeing on track. Your regular health services are still available so there is no need to delay or avoid medical appointments or ignore symptoms that may arise during this time. We strive to provide safe access to medical care including;
- General Consults
- Mental health consults
- Screenings (Cervical, Bowel Cancer, Mammogram, Skin checks)
- Health Assessments
Do not neglect your health during this corona virus pandemic.
WHAT IS CORONA VIRUS? – COVID-19 is an infectious disease in a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. It was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and has since been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
HOW DOES THE VIRUS SPREAD? – COVID-19 is spread through contaminated droplets, produced by coughing, sneezing or talking or through contact with contaminated surfaces. The virus can potentially survive on surfaces for several days.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? – Symptoms of COVID-19 appear about 5-6 days from when infection took place but can take up to 14 days. Most symptoms are mild and may include:
- dry cough
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- loss of taste/smell
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.
Measures that we are taking
The safety and well-being of our patients and staff is Yarra Medical’s top priority. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, Yarra Medical has taken all precautionary measures to ensure patients have safe access to medical care.
Measures we are taking to minimise the spread of COVID-19;
- Providing medical care via telehealth consults to remove the need to come to the medical centre where possible
- Maintaining adequate stock of PPE, disinfectant and other supplies.
- Installing screens at reception to protect staff from droplet or aerosol spread
- Removing items from the waiting room that could aid in virus transmission such as toys and magazines
- Regularly clean and disinfect high touch surfaces (EFTPOS terminals, door handles, pens, phones, keyboards)
- Providing hand sanitiser to patients in the waiting room
- Displaying posters and resources that encourage individual infection control
- Triaging patients over the phone and in person in regards to risk for infection, exposure to risk individuals and any recent travel.
- Removing chairs in waiting room to allow for 1.5m distance between seated patients
- Ensure number of patients in the waiting room is kept to a minimum by allowing patients to wait outside clinic or in their car until the time of their appointment
COVID Testing Clinics
YARRA MEDICAL DOES NOT OFFER COVID-19 TESTING.
Those eligible for testing are:
- People with symptoms, however mild
- People without symptoms who work in aged care, construction, supermarkets, health care, police force, corrections and emergency services jobs, people with a chronic illness, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
- People who have come into contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19
- People who have returned from overseas travel within the last 14 days.
MOBILE TESTING CLINICS
Pacific Plaza – 250 Heaths Rd, Werribee 3029
Highpoint shopping Centre – 120-200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong 3032
West Footscray Bunnings – Princes Hwy Service Rd, Kingsville/West Footscray 3012
Northland – 2-50 Murray Rd, East Preston 3072
Chadstone – 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone 3148
Bayside Frankston – Bayside Shopping Centre, enter 113 Beach St or Young Street, Frankston 3199
HOSPITAL RESPIRATORY CLINICS
The Royal Melbourne Hospital – (03) 9342 7000
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne – 03 9231 2211
The Royal Children’s Hospital – 03 9345 5522
Northern Hospital – (03) 8405 8000
Sunshine Hospital – (03) 8345 1333
Djerriwarrh Health Services (Melton West) – (03) 5367 2000
Djerriwarrh Health Services (Bacchus Marsh) – (03) 5367 2000
Austin Hospital – (03) 9496 5000
Box Hill Hospital – 1300 342 255
The Alfred Hospital – (03) 9076 2000
Monash Clayton – (03) 9594 6666
Casey Hospital (Berwick) – (03) 8768 1200
Dandenong Hospital – (03) 9554 1000
Peninsula Health (Frankston) – (03) 9784 7777
Result turn around
Results of the COVID-19 test are usually received within about 72hours but this can vary and there may be delays. Contact your doctor if you have not heard about your results after 5 days. You must self-isolate during this time and not attend work or school to protect yourself and others. If your condition worsens, notify your doctor.
If the result is positive, you will receive a call to advise you what to do next. In most cases, you will be required to continue self-isolation until you recover. If your symptoms become worse, you may be admitted to hospital in a quarantined area.
If the result is negative, you will be notified by the doctor who requested the testing.