AMTAN MEDICAL CENTRE RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC COVID-19

Latest Updates (Queensland)



Queensland has 14 new confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) raising the state total to 921.

Cairns and Hinterland has 30 cases to date
Central Queensland has 8 cases to date
Central West has 0 cases to date
Darling Downs has 40 cases to date
Gold Coast has 175 to date
Mackay has 12 cases to date
Metro North has 280 cases to date
Metro South has 213 cases to date
North West has 0 cases to date
South West has 0 cases to date
Sunshine Coast has 84 cases to date
Torres and Cape has 0 cases to date
Townsville has 22 cases to date
West Moreton has 37 cases to date
Wide Bay has 20 cases to date

Contact tracing is underway for the 14 new cases. Queensland Health will notify the community if any other public health alerts are required.

The majority of cases are from patients who have travelled overseas, or have had direct contact with a confirmed case who had travelled overseas.

The number of confirmed cases we see each day is expected to vary as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 situation across the state.

We want everyone to know they can play their part to protect themselves and the more vulnerable in our community. Please follow the recommended advice from us and our federal counterparts in regards to social distancing, public gatherings and general wellbeing.

Critically, make sure you are practicing good hygiene and staying home, especially if you’re sick. Washing your hands properly and often is the gold standard of health advice that can help prevent viruses from entering your body.

A person is eligible for testing if they have a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms, and, in the last 14 days:
> they were a close contact or a household contact of a confirmed case
>they had been overseas, including on a cruise.

Testing is also possible for people who have a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms, and:
> work in vulnerable settings such as healthcare, aged or residential care, military, correction facilities, detention centres and boarding schools.
> live in an area where an outbreak has occurred
> live in a First Nations community.

Queensland Health is urging anyone who meets this criteria for testing, to contact a doctor immediately.

Before your appointment, please call ahead and advise of your symptoms and recent travel they can prepare for your visit.

For the most up-to-date reliable information visit: www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus


Latest Updates (Australia)

On 2nd April, the Prime Minister has announced the following:

  • Working Parents will have access to free childcare from Sunday night, applicable for parents who have to be physically at work.
  • 13,000 child care facilities will be kept open, with the system to be reviewed after one month.

On 31st March, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced:

  • Queensland will deploy a Contact Tracing force, who will be following up with anyone who has any contact with anyone who was infected. Self Isolation rules will be enforced with strict financial penalties. Read more here.

On 29th March, the Prime Minister has announced the following:

  • All public gatherings are restricted to 2 people only. This will be actively enforced in NSW and VIC.
  • People are only allowed to be outside for (A) Shopping (B) Medical needs (C) Short exercise
  • Senior citizens are highly advised to stay at home and self isolate

On 27th March, the Prime Minister has announced the following:

  • All international travellers returning to Australia will be mandatorily quarantined in a hotel for 14 days, and will be allowed to leave after the quarantine period.

On 26rd March, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced:

  • Queensland schools to go Student-free, meaning that only children of ‘essential’ workers are allowed to go to school, while all other children will be instructed to learning from home. This comes into effect March 30th, 2020

On 25th March, the Prime Minister has announced the following:

  • All Elective Surgeries (except for Category 1 and Urgent cases) will be postponed to make room for COVID-19 Cases. If you have have a surgery scheduled, you should have received an update of a new date.

On 23rd March, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced:

  • Queensland will close its borders from Wednesday as the state government moves to stop the spread of coronavirus.
  • All visitors from out of state will need to self isolate for 14 days. This will be enforced.

On 22th March, the Prime Minister has announced the following:

  • All non essential businesses are to be closed
  • Restaurants and cafes to only operate in delivery & take away mode only
  • Schools are officially open. Victoria has announced school break from 24th March 2020.

On 20th March, the Prime Minister has announced the following:

  • Everyone must practice social distancing (reduce in person contact, stay at home) to reduce the rate of infection
  • All non essential meetings or events greater than 100 people are not permitted
  • Indoor meetings that are essential* must provide for sufficient space for 2metres x 2 metres per person
  • All non-residents travel to Australia is now restricted, and everyone who is now flying in must self isolate for 14 days

*For full text and list of other measures to help reduce the spread, please read the official announcement here.

Latest Statistics

As at 6:00am on 6 April 2020, there have been 5,744 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. There have been 109 new cases since 6:00am yesterday.

Of the 5,744 confirmed cases in Australia, 36 have died from COVID-19. More than 299,000 tests have been conducted across Australia.

 
LocationConfirmed cases*
Australian Capital Territory96
New South Wales2,637
Northern Territory26
Queensland907
South Australia409
Tasmania81
Victoria1,135
Western Australia453
Total**5,447

Source: Health.gov.au


 

1. PRACTICE POLICY

If you have travelled overseas or suspect any flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever, cold or body ache PLEASE DO NOT VISIT THE CLINIC
       

       A.   USE OUR TELEHEALTH FACILITY INSTEAD BY CALLING 13004AMTAN (1300426826)
                i.  Call 13004AMTAN (1300426826) BEFORE visiting our clinics if you have travelled or experience any flu-like symptoms.
               ii.  We will be asking a few extra questions to isolate patients ‘at risk for COVID-19’. This allows us to better support and enables doctors to provide the care and attention needed while reducing the risk of casual contact.
              iii.  Be mindful and respectful of the staff, nurses and doctors during this time of crisis in the healthcare industry.
               iv.  Call in advance for your scheduled appointment to know of any possible delays.

 

 

2. TELEHEALTH CONSULTATION (BULK BILLED)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a number of healthcare measures to protect Australians from COVID-19. For people in home isolation or quarantine, as a result of coronavirus, to receive health consultations via the phone or video such as Phone or Skype.

This is a massive action undertaken by Amtan Medical Centres as it goes a long way to ensure the sustainability of our clinic’s service long term and in the interest of our staff and doctors as well. Such measures help us too, to reduce our vulnerability and risk during such a crisis in the health industry.

 

 

3. CONDITIONS FOR TELEHEALTH CONSULTATION

Vulnerable/isolated patients are those where at least one of the following applies:
(a) the person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 virus but who is not a patient of a hospital; or
(b) the person has been required to isolate themselves in quarantine in accordance with home isolation guidance issued by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC); or
(c) the person is considered more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus being a person who is:

  • At least 70 years old; or
  • At least 50 years old and is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; or
  • Is pregnant; or
  • Is a parent of a child under 12 months; or
  • Is already under treatment for chronic health conditions or is immune-compromised; or
  • The person meets the current national triage protocol criteria for suspected COVID-19 infection.

 
*The Telehealth service will be bulk-billed at no cost to patients and will be available from Friday 13 March.
*A private Telehealth fee applies for Non-Medicare eligible patients.
 

Thank you for your support and co-operation!
 
Dr Ameer Hamza,
Founder, Director
Amtan Group

Known Symptoms

March 24, 2020: Healthlink has launched an online COVID-19 symptom checker. Click here to use the Symptom Checker. 

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