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What if I Test Positive to Covid-19?

Dear Patients,

First of all, on behalf of the team at Randwick Doctors Medical Centre, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year and we hope 2022 brings you good health, peace and abundance of joy.

With the rapid rising number of Covid-19 cases recently, we understand that you may be feeling anxious and unsure about how to manage if you test positive for Covid-19. This email provides some basic information and links to resources from NSW Health Department on the steps to take should you, a family member or a friend of yours be confirmed Covid-19 positive. We hope this information is helpful in assisting you to navigate through this unprecedented time.

Am I a high or low-risk patient?

There are a range of factors that increase the risk of serious illness should you contract Covid-19. Please refer to the link below for more information.

https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/advice-for-groups-at-risk

Should I manage my illness at home once I have confirmed Covid-19 positive?

NSW Health website states “If you are under 65 years of age, have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, do not suffer from any chronic health conditions and are not pregnant, you can safely manage COVID-19 at home”. Please refer to the fact sheet below for more information.

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/advice-for-confirmed.aspx

Please contact NSW Health COVID-19 Care at Home Support Line at 1800 960 933 or our clinic at (02) 8047 0988 to speak to one of the doctors if you are pregnant or have chronic conditions.

When can I be released from isolation?

The isolation period is 7 days from the day you test positive for COVID-19. AFTER 7 days, you can leave isolation if you have had no sore throat, runny nose, cough, or breathlessness in the last 24 hours of your isolation period. However, you should avoid visiting high risk settings such as healthcare, aged care, disability care or correctional facilities until more than 10 days and have no symptoms over the last 72 hours. Therefore, if it is less than 10 days from the day you test positive and you have any questions or feel unwell and need to talk to one of our doctors, please call our practice at (02) 8047 0988 and DO NOT attend the practice in person. Please refer to the link below for more information.

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/recovery.aspx

Who do I keep updated?

For your safety, NSW Heath advises you to appoint a support person during the isolation period. Please nominate a family member or friend, inform them you have Covid-19 and request them to contact you daily at agreed times to obtain an update of your conditions. Please take note this support person is not allowed to visit you in person.

Who do I call if I need assistance when isolating from home?

If you are self-isolating at home, you may call the NSW Health Home Support Line at 1800 960 933 or call our clinic at (02) 8047 0988 and ask to speak to one of our doctors. If it is a medical emergency, call 000 immediately and notify the help line you have Covid-19.

In addition to the above resource, here is the link to a useful resource from RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners).

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m2KEgdgKvLJQwedErpPH2KsKSGa_19i7/view?usp=drivesdk

Please check our website regularly for child vaccination and booster appointments. We encourage you to check our website and book online instead of calling the practice as we are experiencing staffing shortages and a high volume of phone calls. Your cooperation is much appreciation.

Please take care and stay safe.

Best wishes,

The Team from Randwick Doctors Medical Centre

Covid-19 Vaccination Now Available for All Patients

Note: We are currently experiencing high demand for Booster Vaccinations, and deliveries are delayed due to the holiday period. Please check back online regularly to see if additional sessions have opened up. We are currently booked up until early February.

Randwick Doctors Medical Centre is now offering a Covid-19 vaccine booster dose using the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to individuals aged 18 and over at 5 months after their 2nd dose. This booster shot is important for strengthening protection against the virus and helping to protect you and your family.

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People aged 18 years and older may receive a booster at least five months after receiving their second dose of any of the Covid-19 vaccines registered for use in Australia (Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Moderna). The Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine will be offered as the booster dose, regardless of the Covid-19 vaccine received for the first or second dose. If you had a severe reaction to an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) such as anaphylaxis or heart inflammation or you prefer to have the Astrazeneca vaccine and you had Astrazeneca for your first 2 doses, please make an appointment to discuss this with one of our GPs.

You can find the date of your 2nd dose on your Covid-19 Digital Certificate in the NSW Services app or Medicare app and if you require assistance, please contact the practice.

You may find more information about booster vaccination at NSW Government Health: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/vaccine/Pages/booster.aspx

To secure your future appointment, please book your Covid-19 Booster now by clicking on the Book Appointment button on our website. Thank you for doing your part to protect yourself and your community.

Welcoming New Registered Psychologist Nadia Pedjerkova

As a registered psychologist Nadia consults young and mature adults who struggle with various degrees of stress related issues and challenges, such as worklife balance, relating to others, adjusting to new environments or suffering loss. It is her dedication to empower clients to think creatively, develop new skills, and enhance their quality of life.

While working in private practice, occupational rehabilitation, EAP (employee assistance program) services, and medical clinic settings, Nadia developed expertise in multidisciplinary treatment methods, short-term and indepth therapy, including CBT, ACT, IPT, MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and psychodynamic approach.

Originally from Europe, with academic and work experience from Canada and Australia, Nadia has worked with clients from diverse cultural, economic and social backgrounds.  She is particularly attuned to how personal history influences established views and responses to current circumstances. The value of her experience intrinsically motivates her to support her clients in uncovering destructive patterns of thought and behaviour, as well as to encourage and inspire them in establishing new and more adaptive habits.

Welcoming New Dietitian Sarah Louise Lombardi – APD

Interests – Sarah has a special interest in reducing the risk and progression of chronic conditions such as Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease, Insulin Resistance, Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Osteoarthritis. Sarah has a background in Exercise and Sport Science and enjoys working together with all clients to improve their performance through sustainable diet and lifestyle change.

Background – Sarah is a qualified Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Exercise and Sport Scientist who understands that there is no one-size-fits all approach to improving nutrition and health. She takes the time to learn about how her clients’ eating and drinking patterns are influenced by their culture, mood, attitudes and social settings, so that she can personalise her interventions to their needs.

Personal Interests – In her spare time, Sarah enjoys teaching dancing, exploring new cafes with friends and – in true Dietitian style -experimenting with cooking (and eating!) dishes from new cuisines.

Qualifications & Memberships

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (University of Sydney)
Accredited Practicing Dietitian
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise & Sport Science) (University of Sydney)
Member of Dietitians Australia (Accredited Practicing Dietitian)