05 Jun Feeling unwell? Get tested
Photo: Timboon Medical Clinic GPs (l-r) Dr Ferdinand Pranadi, Dr Warwick Rouse, Dr Andrea Hedgland and Dr Diana Peneva-Arabadjiyska.
As we all begin to enjoy the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has released a new information poster (below). It’s critically important that anyone who feels unwell, gets tested immediately.
It’s a message the GPs from the Timboon Medical Clinic wrote about in their ‘Say Aah’ column in our Winter Quarterly released this week. Please read their column below the poster;
A column from the GPs at the Timboon Medical Clinic
We certainly have had a unique few months with the sudden appearance of the Coronavirus but we also still need you to be vigilant about the flu season this winter.
Flu season will arrive, and the fact that Coronavirus stopped the world in its tracks to a large extent, does not downgrade the seriousness of influenza.
It is important to get your influenza vaccination, which we can provide at our Clinic. Due to heavy demand, we do ask you to call ahead to make an appointment for your flu shot, so we can prioritise accordingly. Community members over 65 years of age and/or those that have a chronic disease will get precedence.
This year the Government has imposed a directive that all visitors to an aged care facility be required to show proof that they have received the 2020 influenza vaccination or access will be denied. Therefore families and friends of inpatients at TDHS will also be prioritised for influenza vaccinations so that they can visit their loved ones.
If you experience ANY flu-like symptoms, we ask that you contact our Clinic, because currently any cold or flu like symptoms have to be treated as a potential Coronavirus case. During this call we can establish and organise the most appropriate and safest way for you to be assessed and treated. If someone is displaying significant symptoms, directions will be given on how to safely attend your appointment at the Clinic.
If the assessment over the phone indicates that you need to be tested for the Coronavirus, we can do this at the Timboon Clinic. The test will be conducted in the car park by one of our GP’s who will be wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment. After this test you will need to stay at home and isolate until you receive your test result.
What we don’t want is to spread any virus further – even if it’s the common cold.
It is very important to be alert and not alarmed. We live in a wonderful and caring community and together we can keep each other safe.
GP’s working at the Timboon Clinic are;
- Dr Warwick Rouse
- Dr Andrea Hedgland
- Dr Diana Peneva-Arabadjiyska
- Dr Ferdinand Pranadi
Opening times Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 5.30 pm and Saturday 9.30 am -11.30 am. Appointments can be made by calling 03 5558 6088.