COVID-19 Notice to Community

To keep you safe and well especially during the COVID 19 pandemic, Theodore Medical has instituted several infection control initiatives. Download our recent community booklet for more information on how we are implements these initiatives.

How to make a COVID Vaccination Appointment

Download these instructions for how to make a COVID Vaccination Appointment via the web or app for HOTDOC.

COVID-19 Care at Home

Wherever you live, whatever your health conditions and whatever your vaccination status, you will be cared for. Read this guide for information about recovering from COVID at home.

COVID-19 Symptoms Diary

Suffering from COVID-19? Use this simple diary to track your symptoms on the road to recovery.

COVID-19 vaccination decision guide for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy

This decision guide contains information about Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. These COVID-19 vaccines are recommended if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy.

Coronavirus: COVID-19

Theodore Medical wishes to reassure our community that we are committed to protecting your health and our community during this time. 

We ask that all patients over the age of 12 wear a mask when attending the respiratory clinic or in the surgery.

We are continuing to see all patients with either suspected COVID respiratory symptoms OR other respiratory symptoms in a separate area.

To accommodate this we have:

  • A separate dedicated assessment and treatment area in the previous Labour Ward area at Theodore Hospital
  • A separate dedicated entrance via side ramp to the Labour ward with seating and Rotary Shade Shelter
  • Appropriate supplies of Personal Protective Equipment to keep and staff protected

We ask that patients please follow these instructions when requesting an appointment:

If you have been in direct contact with someone who has COVID-19 and you have signs and symptoms of a respiratory illness

OR

You have the signs/symptoms of an other respiratory tract infection like a sniffly nose, cough, fever and/or sore throat:

  1. Please phone Theodore Medical on 4993 1371 FIRST to discuss your symptoms with reception staff
  2. DO NOT attend the surgery
  3. DO NOT attend for LOOP if you have any of these signs/symptoms,
  4. If you do present to the surgery, you will be asked to wait outside in the dedicated area
  5. Once you have phoned the surgery the reception staff will advise you tof a time that you can be seen between 11.300am and 1.30 pm
  6. All patients will be seen at the Labour Ward for further assessment and appropriate testing.
  7. Please take a seat outside in the designated area and put on the supplied mask
  8. A staff member from Theodore Medical will meet you outside Labour Ward and begin your assessment and if appropriate, testing
  9. If you need treatment or other testing we will arrange this
  10. We can arrange dispensing of the medication at the chemist or Theodore Medical and appropriate payment

Children are NOT at risk of complications from COVID but can transmit the infection.

For partially or non vaccinated adults over the age of 16yo
Due to the recent border openings and escalating COVID 19 cases, we have had to make the difficult decision to see these patients also at the Respiratory clinic between the times of 09.30-11.30. We want to provide our usual great care but need to do so in a more protected environment.  When you ring for an appointment we will allocate you one of these appointment with our doctors who are running the clinic on that day .  This is not designed to be punitive; we have had to make this decision based on the latest Commonwealth risk matrix guidelines. As if we were to have a partially or non vaccinated patient attend at the main surgery; who was later determined to be COVID 19 positive, we could risk closure of the all medical services in Theodore  – the surgery (and hence the hospital as well) for 7days. This could leave Theodore without any doctor or nursing services for up to 7days.

What about if I am at risk, if I get COVID?

Groups at greater risk of complications if they contract COVID

Some people are more susceptible to complications from viral infections such as COVID 19, including the following:

  • are over the age of 70
  • are Indigenous and over the age of 50
  • Have a chronic disease or are immune compromised
  • Are pregnant
  • Are a parent of a child under 12months

If you belong to one of these categories, are currently well and need an appointment for something simple (script, referral etc) we can arrange consultation with a doctor via phone, skype or other video-link in preference to you attending the surgery in person.

If this applies when you are making an appointment, let us know and we will arrange a phone telehealth consultation.

How do I keep myself safe?

In order to help keep yourselves and your loved ones safe, please practise good hand hygiene , avoid touching your face and ensure that if you cough/sneeze that you do so using a tissue and discard into a closed bin straight away

COVID immunisations and boosters

Theodore Medical has also organised daily immunisation clinics. From 10 Jan 2022 these clinics will be held between 8:15 and 9:15 am

Summary

To ensure that our community remains healthy and safe we need you to follow these instructions.

Queensland Government: Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Feeling unwell? If you develop a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath within 14 days of overseas travel, contact a doctor or call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

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Department of Health: What you need to know about coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath. The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene can prevent infection. Find out who is at risk and what you should do if you think you have COVID-19.

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