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What if I Test Positive to Covid-19?

Dear Patients,

First of all, on behalf of the team at Victoria Avenue Medical Practice, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year and we hope 2022 brings you good health, peace and abundance of joy. 
 
With the rapid rising number of Covid-19 cases recently, we understand that you may be feeling anxious and unsure about how to manage if you test positive for Covid-19. This email provides some basic information and links to resources from NSW Health Department on the steps to take should you, a family member or a friend of yours be confirmed Covid-19 positive. We hope this information is helpful in assisting you to navigate through this unprecedented time.

Am I a high or low-risk patient?   

There are a range of factors that increase the risk of serious illness should you contract Covid-19. Please refer to the link below for more information. 
https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/advice-for-groups-at-risk

Should I manage my illness at home once I have confirmed Covid-19 positive?  

NSW Health website states “If you are under 65 years of age, have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, do not suffer from any chronic health conditions and are not pregnant, you can safely manage COVID-19 at home”. Please refer to the fact sheet below for more information. 

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/advice-for-confirmed.aspx

Please contact NSW Health COVID-19 Care at Home Support Line at 1800 960 933 or our clinic at (02) 9419 3411 to speak to one of the doctors if you are pregnant or have chronic conditions.

When can I be released from isolation?  

The isolation period is 7 days from the day you test positive for COVID-19. AFTER 7 days, you can leave isolation if you have had no sore throat, runny nose, cough, or breathlessness in the last 24 hours of your isolation period. However, you should avoid visiting high risk settings such as healthcare, aged care, disability care or correctional facilities until more than 10 days and have no symptoms over the last 72 hours. Therefore, if it is less than 10 days from the day you test positive and you have any questions or feel unwell and need to talk to one of our doctors, please call our practice at (02) 9419 3411 and DO NOT attend the practice in person. Please refer to the link below for more information.  

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/recovery.aspx

Who do I keep updated?  

For your safety, NSW Heath advises you to appoint a support person during the isolation period. Please nominate a family member or friend, inform them you have Covid-19 and request them to contact you daily at agreed times to obtain an update of your conditions. Please take note this support person is not allowed to visit you in person.

Who do I call if I need assistance when isolating from home?  

If you are self-isolating at home, you may call the NSW Health Home Support Line at 1800 960 933 or call our clinic at (02) 9419 3411 and ask to speak to one of our doctors. If it is a medical emergency, call 000 immediately and notify the help line you have Covid-19.  

In addition to the above resource, here is the link to a useful resource from RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners).  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m2KEgdgKvLJQwedErpPH2KsKSGa_19i7/view?usp=drivesdk

Please check our website regularly for child vaccination and booster appointments. We encourage you to check our website and book online instead of calling the practice as we are experiencing staffing shortages and a high volume of phone calls. Your cooperation is much appreciation. 

Please take care and stay safe.

Best wishes,

The Team from Victoria Avenue Medical Practice

Welcoming Dr Valeria Qu to Victoria Avenue Medical Practice – New Female GP

Dr Valerie Qu

Dr Qu graduated medicine from the University of New South Wales and did her general practice training in Sydney. She obtained a Diploma of Child Health through the University of Sydney in 2013 and has been working as a GP since 2015.

Special interests – She has an interest in all aspects of women’s health, including antenatal shared care, contraception, cervical screening and wellbeing. She also enjoys children’s health and preventative medicine.

Bookings can be made online via HotDocs:

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New Female GP

We are pleased to announce that Dr Valerie Qu joined our team on 1st March 2021.

Dr Qu graduated medicine from the University of New South Wales and did her general practice training in Sydney. She obtained a diploma of child health through the University of Sydney in 2013 and has been working as a GP since 2015.

Special interests – She has an interest in all aspects of women’s health, including antenatal shared care, contraception, cervical screening and wellbeing. She also enjoys children’s health and preventative medicine.

Personal interests – When not working, she enjoys snowboarding, playing badminton and spending time with her dog.

Skin Cancer Services

Skin Cancer Services are available at our practice. Please book an appointment with our friendly receptionist specifying skin checks if you require any of the below services:

> Full Body Skin Check

> Skin Biopsy

> Skin Excisions

> General Skin Care

Measles Alert!!

Measles Alert!

The numbers of measles cases continue to increase in NSW.

What are the symptoms?

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness which begins with a cough, fever, sore red eyes and runny nose. After three to four days a non-itchy red spotty rash will occur on your face and neck before spreading to the rest of the body.

People who are experiencing signs and symptoms of measles should seek medical attention.

What should I do if I think I have measles?

Call ahead to the practice and ask to speak to the nurse. She will triage your symptoms and give you further instructions to limit exposure if you need to come to the doctor. You should not sit in the waiting room without letting anyone know.

How is it spread?

Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease.

People are at risk of measles if they are exposed to an infectious case and have never had measles or have not received two doses of measles containing vaccine. Two doses of measles containing vaccine provide lifelong protection against infection in 99% of people. Most people born before 1966 are assumed to be immune to measles.

Can I get measles vaccination?

  • If you are between 25 and 53 years of age, you may be eligible for a vaccine booster.
  • Children in Australia are vaccinated at 12 and 18 months years of age.
  • If you have upcoming overseas travel plans, you should talk to your doctor.

For more information, please make an appointment with your GP.