Our team at Doctors of Tewantin are closely monitoring developments as the COVID 19 situation changes so frequently.  We are committed to continuing to provide our patients with quality care in a safe environment.   We will endeavor to add, update and provide information as it comes to hand.

What is COVID 19?

Click here for detailed information.

Where can I get phone advice?

National Coronavirus Hotline:   1800 020 080
Queensland Health CoronaVirus Hotline:   134 268
Queensland Health 13HEALTH:   1343 2584

How to protect yourself:

Everybody is at risk of getting COVID-19. For most people, they will only develop mild illness and recover easily, but others may develop severe sickness. To protect yourself, your family and the community from getting COVID-19 you must maintain good hygiene and practice social distancing (also called physical distancing).

Do
• Stay home if you are sick
• If you have any COVID symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested
• Stay 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps
• Wash your hands lots with soap and water, or hand sanitizer
• Sneeze or cough into your arm or a tissue. Then put the tissue in the bin.

Do not
• Go near people if you are coughing or sneezing
• Touch your mouth, nose and eyes
• Shake hands
• Hug or kiss people.

Self Isolation FAQ sheet  –  Click Here to download.

Getting tested:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of smell and/or taste

Call emergency services on 000 if you are very sick.

If you are seeking further information about any of our services, or just need to talk with someone, please don’t hesitate to call our friendly staff Justine, Pauline and Teresa (even just for a chat 🙂 ).

We are here for not just your health but your wellbeing too.

Doctors of Tewantin

Phone the surgery and advise our reception that you have symptoms.  We can organise a phone consultation with your GP and organise for testing.
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE BEFORE PHONING.

 

Fever clinics

Fever clinics are specialist clinics managed by Hospital and Health Services that assess people who may be infected with COVID-19.
There are Fever Clinics at Nambour, Caloundra and SCUH.

 

Respiratory Clinics

There is a Respiratory Clinic based at Ochre Health Sippy Downs (Ph 5373 0700) and a Mobile Clinic based at The J in Noosa Junction at present. (Ph 5313 7778).
They are open 7 days a week for assessment & testing.

 

About the testing process:

Testing for COVID-19 involves collecting nasal (inside your nose) or throat swabs, and/or sputum (mucus coughed up). These samples are then transferred to the nearest laboratory that is set up to test for COVID-19.

If you are tested for COVID-19 but aren’t really sick, you will be sent home to self-isolate while you wait for the test results. This may take several days.

If you are really sick you may be admitted to hospital for treatment. If you become sicker while you are waiting for results, please contact your doctor or call an ambulance. Make sure you let them know you are waiting for test results for COVID-19.

If the result is positive, you will receive a call from a public health doctor or nurse who will tell you what to do next. If you are well enough to take care of yourself, you will need to stay at home in self-isolation until you recover. If you get sicker, you may be admitted to hospital in an isolation area.

If the result is negative, your doctor or the clinic that tested you may let you know. Depending on where you got tested, you may just receive an automated SMS. If you have been issued with a notice telling you to self-quarantine, you must stay in self-quarantine until the end date written on the notice, even if you get a negative result. This is because you may still develop COVID-19 infection.

If you are waiting on a test result, the people you live with and other close contacts do not need to be in quarantine unless the local public health unit tells them to. They should stay away from the sick person as much as possible. If the test result is positive, they may be assessed as a close contact and will then need to be in quarantine.