Smoking & Infection Control

For the benefits of all patients and staff, smoking is prohibited within Sheehans Medical Centre and its environs. 

 

Our staff pay keen attention to hygiene. Our practice uses only clean equipment, which are regularly cleaned and sterilized.

 

Coronavirus Pandemic Alert

 

 

For the most up to date information on COVID-19, please visit the official government website on coronavirus, or download the “Coronavirus Australia” government app from Apple App Store or Google Play.

 

if you are a returned overseas traveler, you are obliged by law to remain home quarantined for 14 days, even if you feel completely well.

 

In Victoria, failure to comply with your quarantine obligation is an offence, and may lead to fines of up to $20,000.

 

Please call the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 020 080, or 1800 675 398, if you have traveled recently, or may have come into contact with COVID-19, and have cold and flu symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, or fever.  You will be directed to a specialized clinic which deal specifically with, and test for COVID-19. 

 

 

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If none of the above applies to you, and you wish to see a doctor face-to-face for an infection, please call reception on 98771200, so we can ask you some screening questions first.

 

Alternatively, if you don't think you need to see a doctor face to face, you may choose to book a telehealth consult, to see if your problem can be addressed without face to face contact, via phone or Skype.

 

Currently, all telehealth consultations @ Sheehans Medical Centre are bulk billed.

 

However, please note: There are many medical problems which cannot be fully addressed via telehealth.  In these cases, the doctor will do as much as possible via telehealth, and then ask you to come to the clinic, either on the same day, or on a separate day, to complete the assessment and management of your issues.

 

 

 

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The symptoms of coronavirus may include fever, sore throat, cough, and shortness of breath.  

 

The virus has a long incubation of 14 days, meaning that infected individuals may not even realize they have become infected until 2 weeks after catching the infection.  During the incubation period, the asymptomatic individual may unknowingly spread the virus, to those people around him / her, and to the general public.

 

Until vaccines and treatments become available, isolation and containment remain our only effective defence. 

 

Quarantine and containment are extremely important measures to keep our community and your loved ones safe.  We trust you would understand this.  

 

Everyone, well or unwell should observe the following:
- Sanitize and wash your hands thoroughly and frequently,
- keep a good social distance of 2 meters from anyone as much as possible

If you have any cold and flu symptoms, even if it's as minor as a runny nose:
- Don’t go to work or public places until full recovery.
- As much as possible stay in home isolation. (This may include sleeping by yourself, in your own room, away from your partner until full recovery. Try also not to share bathroom)
- if and when you have to leave your room or your house, consider wear a face mask, if you can find one
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow, or a tissue. Dispose of your tissue immediately.

Remember that elderly people age 70 and above, and those who smoke or have chronic medical ailments are at extremely high risk, with mortality rate of up to one in six. Whilst many of us may not fall into this demographics group, we all have loved ones who do. Like our parents, our grandparents, our friends, our colleagues and neighbors. Remember the best way to protect your loved ones is to not to spread the virus.