A big thank you to all our patients for keeping everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is especially important in our waiting room. The doctors will continue to see patients inside the clinic, including unvaccinated and partially vaccinated patients, but we have updated our policies and practices to reduce the risks of spreading COVID-19 in the clinic:
Important Waiting Room policy:
Do not enter the clinic if you have any of the following symptoms: cold, flu, sore throat, running nose, loss of taste or smell, fever, sore ears or sinus pain or diarrhoea.
Surgical masks are now preferred in clinic over cloth masks as they will provide more personal protection. Please make sure you cover both your nose and mouth. There will be no mask exemption inside the clinic. MASK EXEMPTIONS ARE NOT VALID AT MFP as there will be patients in the waiting room with medical needs that are vulnerable to COVID-19.
Keep 1.5 meters from everyone. Use hand sanitiser regularly. Keep the number of support persons attending with you to a minimum. Surfaces will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.
We also encourage anyone who is immunocompromised or at increased risk of poor outcomes from COVID- 19 infection to wait in the car.
Important Respiratory Pod policy
For patients with any respiratory symptoms, no matter how mild they may be (including fever, cough, running nose, sore throat, sore ears, sinus pain, loss of smell or taste, diarrhea, vomiting, or rashes) it is vitally important that you inform staff at the time of making booking, so we can make suitable arrangements. If you are a respiratory patient you should not book online. It is important that you DO NOT enter our waiting room in the building.
Our doctors will continue to see Magill Family Practice patients with respiratory symptoms in the respiratory pod as follows:
- All patients must have a negative COVID swab within the previous 72 hours, and all patients must show evidence of their negative swab before they will be seen by the doctors.
- For patients under 12 who do not yet have evidence of a negative swab, the parents/care givers will be offered a respiratory telehealth appointment with the doctor for advice.
Payment for telehealth or pod appointments is preferably with credit card to minimise contact between unwell patients and our staff.
We understand the stress on everyone during this pandemic. Please treat our staff with patience and respect as we all navigate the coming COVID challenges.
COVID vaccination continues to prove effective in reducing death and hospitalisation in the eastern states and other parts of the world. Please make sure that you and your family are protected and armed with vaccination when the border opens on 23 November 2021. It is not too late to do them now. To arrange COVID-19 vaccinations, please book at one of the vaccination clinics or pharmacies via the SA Health website.
Booster doses are now being made available for people who meet certain conditions. Please see our latest newsletter for more information.