Your Health Griffith is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all patients and staff. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time and hope to provide you with the same high level of care that you have come to know from our practice. We are here to help and have temporarily changed our service model to better manage your healthcare needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you are worried about symptoms of COVID-19 or any other type of health problem, our GPs are still on hand to answer your questions and provide care. We encourage you to continue consulting your regular GP for any health matter. Safe face-to-face consultations or Telehealth appointments are available for eligible patients.
Who should get tested?
You should get tested for COVID-19 if:
you have symptoms of the illness — even if your symptoms are mild
you have recovered from COVID-19 and develop new symptoms of COVID-19 after 28 days since you completed isolation
you have been advised to do so by a health professional.
If you’re at higher risk of severe illness, have COVID-19 symptoms and test negative on a RAT (Rapid Antigen Test), get a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test. Occasionally, RATS may not detect a COVID-19 infection straight away, so it’s important to get a PCR.
COVID-19 oral antiviral treatments need to be started early after testing positive. Talk to your health professional about your COVID-19 treatment options.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe. Some people recover easily, and others get very sick very quickly. If you test positive for COVID-19 you may experience:
shortness of breath.
Other symptoms include:
runny nose or congestion
headache or fatigue
muscle or joint pains
nausea or loss of appetite
diarrhoea or vomiting
temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste.
COVID-19 symptoms are similar to some common illnesses, such as colds and flu, or allergies.
What if I feel tired or fatigued?
Feeling tired or fatigued is common during many illnesses, including coronavirus (COVID-19). If you are feeling tired and have any of the symptoms above, you should get further advice about testing for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Why should I get tested?
Diagnosing coronavirus (COVID-19) early, even when symptoms are mild, helps us to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Testing helps us track the spread of the virus and keep our families and communities safe.
Getting tested means that you can take informed action to protect yourself and your loved ones. You will be doing your part to protect the community.
I have symptoms. When should I get tested?
As soon as you have any of the symptoms, however mild, get tested as soon as you can, preferably that same day.
Booking an Appointment
You can make an appointment online or by calling reception during business hours on 02 6962 7661. Before booking or attending an appointment, you MUST CALL and ADVISE us if you have symptoms or risk factors for COVID-19.
If you have symptoms or risk factors for COVID-19 OR if you have fever or flu-like respiratory symptoms you will FIRST be offered an appointment via Telehealth (phone consultation) for eligible patients. During this consultation our GP will assess and provide you with further advice.
If you need urgent medical care always call Emergency 000 (Triple Zero).
Attending Your Health Griffith
Patients with respiratory symptoms are required to wear a face mask and perform hand hygiene by sanitising their hands on arrival. All other patients are not required to wear a mask but must check-in at reception on arrival. Due to limited space and to adhere to social distancing guidelines, we are restricting visitors allowed within the practice to protect our patients and staff. We can only accommodate the patient and one carer/parent (only if essential) in the waiting room and consult room for the consultation. Unfortunately you cannot bring, for example, your spouse or additional children to the appointment.
Routine screening questions will be asked when you book or attend an appointment.
For up to date information on COVID-19 please visit the links below.
Australian Government Department of Health www.health.gov.au
Lifeline (24/7) 13 11 14
Lifeline provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to online, phone and face-to-face crisis support and suicide prevention services. Find out how these services can help you, a friend or loved one.
Beyond Blue (24/7) 1300 22 4636
We all have good days and bad days. Then there are those days when something isn't quite right, you've got something on your mind, or things just seem too much. Whatever it may be, sharing the load with someone else can really help. So no matter who you are, or how you're feeling, you can talk it through with us – we'll point you in the right direction so you can seek further support.
Friendline 1800 424 287
FriendLine is for anyone who needs to reconnect or just wants a chat.
Kids Helpline (24/7) 1800 551 800
Anytime, Any reason. Kids up to 25.
Suicide Call Back Line (24/7 1800 659 467)
Family Violence Help Line (24/7) 1800 737 732
Mensline 1300 789 978