COVID Positive Patient Information

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YourGP provides this information to help you know what to expect when diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection. We wish you the best with your recovery. ACT Public Health will contact you by phone to notify you of your positive result. You will also receive a text from the pathology provider of your positive result. ACT Public Health will ask about your usual health and vaccination status to determine if you are at high risk of developing severe COVID infection. ACT Health will provide you with urgent and time-critical preventative treatments if you are at high risk. Your care will be in Hospital in the Home (HITH) under an Infectious Disease Specialist. If ACT Public Health determines you are not at high risk, they will pass your details to COVID Care@home. An on-call medical team supports this team of adult and paediatric nurses. They are available 24 hours a day on (02) 5124 3085. COVID Care@home will assess whether you are at low or moderate risk of severe COVID-19 infection. If you are considered low risk, you will receive a call every three days from their team. If you are concerned, you can call them anytime. If you are medium risk, you will receive equipment for home use, such as a finger oxygen sats device. You may receive a home visit from a nurse practitioner. You will receive a call daily asking for your symptoms and vital signs such as heart rate (beats per minute), respiratory rate (breaths per minute), oxygen saturation and temperature. You can call COVID Care@home at any time if you are concerned. What do I do if I think I am getting worse? If you are concerned that you are worsening, contact your relevant team at COVID Care@home or HITH. If you have severe symptoms, call 000 and advise you have a COVID infection. Wear a mask when the paramedics attend. Severe symptoms include:
  • your oxygen level is 92% or less when you test using the pulse oximeter, even if you feel okay
  • worsening shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • blue lips or face
  • pain or pressure in the chest
  • cold and clammy, or pale and mottled, skin
  • fainting or collapse
  • being more confused
  • becoming difficult to wake up
  • little or no urine (wee) output – less urine than usual, even though you have been drinking lots of fluid
  • coughing up blood
You can also contact your regular GP using telehealth for advice and support. You are welcome to book a telehealth appointment at YourGP if you do not have a regular GP. Usual telehealth fees will apply. You strictly cannot visit the practice in person without prior arrangement with your GP. Resources. ACT health resources – essential reading. Includes local advice on what to do when you find out you have a COVID infection, whom to tell and how to isolate.

ACT Health Information.

Medications for those at high risk of severe infection:

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid-19-medication

Monitoring yourself at home.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners managing yourself at home.

Children – what to look out for at various ages (written for health professionals).

Adults – what to look out for (written for health professionals).

HealthDirect – managing COVID 19 at home FAQ

Grocery delivery options in Canberra.

Medications. If you do not have a current prescription, you can have a telehealth appointment with your GP (usual fees apply), who can send you an e-script to your mobile phone or email. You can then forward this to your chosen pharmacy. Many pharmacies will deliver to your home for a small fee. Contact your pharmacy to inquire about their delivery options. Remember to get their email/mobile details so you can forward the prescription to them. Financial support for businesses and individuals.

Up to $1500 for eligible individuals or $10,000 for a business.

After COVID. In the ACT, everyone diagnosed with COVID-19 must isolate for at least ten days (maybe longer) until cleared to leave isolation by ACT Health.

Royal Australian College of GPs

A resource for caring for yourself after COVID.

NSW specific information re what to expect post-COVID

However, the NSW release from isolation information is not correct for the ACT.

The above information will change regularly as our understanding of COVID grows and the changing public health system’s capacity. If you see an error in the information provided here, please contact us. Yours, Dr Melian Deery

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