We have compiled the information below based on recent communications from the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer. Please read it and act accordingly.
At your practice, there is no need to be alarmed but let’s be diligent and make sure you follow all infection control guidelines in your practice.
In the coming weeks, you may also check if a patient displays any of the clinical features above or a sore throat. If so, you may wish to seek a travel history from them and whether they have been in the Hubei province of China (including the City of Wuhan) or whether they have been in contact with people with the coronavirus infection. If the answer is yes, then ask your patient to put on a surgical mask and present to their GP or Emergency Department (after first phoning ahead to warn them that they are coming).
Further information on this emerging situation can be found on the Department of Health website.
Above all, please stay vigilant and safe.
Bill Suen DHAA CEO