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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

Here at the Belmore Road Family Practice we are well prepared to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. We have precautions in place to care and protect our patients and staff. The following procedures are now being followed:

Appointments for patients with flu-like symptoms

IF you have any flu-like symptoms i.e  cough, high temps, runny nose etc  or IF you have been to any of the current hotspot areas (please check with NSW health for these or call the surgery) in the past 14 days you can still be seen by a Doctor or nurse but not in the surgery.

Please follow these steps:

  1. Please call the surgery and give the reception staff your symptoms and travel history if applicable
  2. They will then endeavour to give you an appointment time
  3. At the time of your appointment please make your way to the gazebo at the rear of the surgery
  4. When you arrive take a seat under the external section of the tent
  5. Please then telephone the surgery to make us aware of your arrival
  6. PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO THE SURGERY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
  7. A Doctor or Nurse will come down to meet you as soon as one is available
  8. While waiting for your appointment please self-isolate – i.e. don’t go to the shops, work or school
Telehealth

During this time you may choose to have a consultation with one of our Doctors over the phone. Please note that there may be a consultation charge for this.

Appointments in the Surgery

When you arrive for your appointment, please call us from the car to let us know you have arrived so we can manage the number of people in our waiting room. If we have too many you may be asked to wait in your car until we have space for you.

If you have a mask, we would encourage you to wear it to your appointment and please use the hand sanitiser as you enter the surgery.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms include:

  • fever (37.5 ° or higher)
  • cough
  • sore/scratchy throat
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of smell or
  • loss of taste

Other reported symptoms include:

  • fatigue
  • runny nose 
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain
  • headache
  • diarrhoea 
  • nausea/vomiting 
  • loss of appetite

In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.

Getting tested

Infection with COVID-19 is diagnosed by finding the virus in samples of respiratory fluid taken from the back of the nose and/or throat, or from the lungs.

You can have the test done at one of the local clinics – find the list here.