Category Archives: Covid Vaccinations

What if I Test Positive to Covid-19?

Dear Patients,

First of all, on behalf of the team at Birkenhead Medical Centre, 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 on 1800 960 933 or our clinic at (02) 9719 3888 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) 9719 3888 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) 9719 3888 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 Birkenhead Medical Centre

Covid Vaccinations including Booster and Children Program

Note: Children’s vaccines (5-11yrs) now available – please phone to book 9719 3888

Birkenhead Medical Centre is now offering the following Covid-19 vaccines: booster dose using the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to individuals aged 18 and over with a valid Medicare Card; 1st and 2nd doses to people over 12years and 1st and 2nd doses to children 5 – 11yrs.

The booster shot is important for strengthening protection against the virus and helping to protect you and your family.

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People aged 18 years and older may receive a booster at least four months after receiving their second dose of any of the Covid-19 vaccines registered for use in Australia (Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Moderna). The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine will be offered as the booster dose, regardless of the Covid-19 vaccine received for the first or second dose. If you had a severe reaction to an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) such as anaphylaxis or heart inflammation or you prefer to have the Astrazeneca vaccine and you had Astrazeneca for your first 2 doses, please make an appointment to discuss this with one of our GPs.

You can find the date of your 2nd dose on your Covid-19 Digital Certificate in the NSW Services app or Medicare app or on your MyGov account.

You may find more information about booster vaccination at NSW Government Health: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/vaccine/Pages/booster.aspx

To secure your future appointment, please book your Covid-19 Booster now by clicking on the Book Appointment button on our website. Thank you for doing your part to protect yourself and your community.