IMPORTANT NOTICE PLEASE READ: COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

COVID-19

COVID-19 safety at One Care Family Doctors:

This page was last updated on 6th April 2023.
Face masks are strongly recommended to be worn by patients attending One Care Family Doctors but are no longer mandatory. See below for more details on mask wearing:

2023 Boosters at OCFD:

One Care Family Doctors currently have Pfizer Bivalent BA.4/5 in stock.

Pfizer bivalent can be used as a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine for people aged over 12 years old.

According to QLD Health:

All adults can get a booster if it has been 6 months or longer since their last COVID-19 booster or confirmed COVID-19 infection (whichever is most recent).

Boosters are particularly recommended for people at higher risk of severe illness, including:

  • all adults aged 65 years and over; and
  • adults aged 18 years and over who have medical comorbidities, disability or complex health needs.

 

The following groups should consider a booster based on an individual risk benefit assessment with their immunisation provider:

  • all adults aged 18–64 years without risk factors for severe COVID-19; and
  • children and adolescents aged 5–17 years who have medical comorbidities that increase their risk of severe COVID-19, or disability with significant or complex health needs.

 

Booster doses are not currently recommended for children and adolescents under the age of 18 who do not have any risk factors for severe COVID-19, or for any children aged less than 5 years.

Boosters after having COVID-19:

Even if you’ve had COVID-19, you should still get vaccinated as long as it is outside of the 6 month timing as outlined above. If you have been vaccinated, you are far less likely to get severe disease if you get COVID-19 again. You must not attend a vaccination appointment if you have any COVID-19 symptoms (see below).

Vaccination proof and records:

If you need proof of your full vaccination course, download your Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) through:

  • the myGov website using your Medicare online account
  • the Medicare Express Plus app
  • My Health Record
  • if you don’t have a Medicare card, by calling 1800 653 809.

Please call us on 07 3343 1344 to book in for a COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 clinics are only held on Wednesdays at certain times at our practice. 

Mask wearing at OCFD

Our thanks go out to everyone wearing masks whilst in the practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have continued to ask you to wear face masks to help to protect our most vulnerable patients who remain very much at risk from COVID-19 infection.

Unfortunately, in Australia and around the world, COVID-19 will continue to be something that we will all have to live with for some time yet.

We will need to remain vigilant and aware of measures which can help to minimise the spread of infection and be alert to the early diagnosis of infection to allow for timely advice regarding management.

Whilst strongly recommended, mask wearing at the medical centre will no longer be mandatory when attending One Care Family Doctors.

Should there be an escalation in community transmission of COVID-19 and/or influenza infection our advice and recommendations will be revised.

We will still be asking you to let our reception staff know if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or Influenza infection and if so, to remain outside until you have been cleared to enter the medical centre (you may still be required to wear a mask if you have symptoms or are unwell.)

These measures, again, are to help to protect our most vulnerable patients, our staff and the doctors.

Please be aware that COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT’s) may show a negative result even if you have developed or are developing COVID-19 infection.

For this reason, if you are at greater risk from COVID-19 infection and you are unwell and/or have had one or more negative COVID-19 RAT results we ask that you phone us to arrange for a telehealth appointment with one of our doctors.

A pathology request form for a COVID-19 PCR test may be indicated as this is a more accurate test

Very effective oral antiviral medication is available on prescription for many patients who are at higher risk. This treatment must be commenced within 5 days of the onset of any COVID-19 symptoms AND only when a positive test result for COVID-19 infection has been confirmed.

Once again, the early diagnosis of COVID-19 infection, especially for those at risk is extremely important.

We also encourage you to get your next COVID-19 booster vaccination as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Safety at the clinic:

Prior to entering the Medical Centre or booking over the phone, admin will ask you a few questions as part of our COVID-19 safety plan.

Please be patient with us and answer truthfully to the best of your knowledge. 

Questions you may be asked include:

  1. Do you have a sore throat, runny nose, high temperature, cough (including a ‘tickly throat’), loss of taste or smell, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhoea?
  2. Are you awaiting COVID-19 test results?
  3. Are you currently living with someone who has COVID-19?

 

If you or anyone with you have ANY of the following symptoms:

* Sore throat
* Runny nose
* High temperature
* Cough (including a ‘tickly throat’)
* Loss of taste or smell
* Fatigue
* Vomiting
* Diarrhoea

Or have:

* Been in contact with a person who has/might have COVID.
* Received a negative COVID test and still have any of the above symptoms.
* Been fully vaccinated and still have any of the above symptoms.

Do not enter the clinic. Call us on 3343 1344 for further advice.

One Care Family Doctors thank you for your continued co-operation and patience during this pandemic. Thank you for assisting us in keeping everyone in our community safe.

*telehealth (video) consultations are available with some of our doctors. Call us on 3343 1344 for more information.

OCFD now has a self check-in kiosk at our reception desk:

  • Quick and easy to use.
  • Ensures regulatory checks and patient privacy.
  • Verify details in 5 seconds with the Medicare card reader.
  • No need to broadcast your details in the waiting room.
  • Check in with your Medicare card or personal details.