COVID-19 Update – 21/03/2020

POGS COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

At POGS, your health and wellbeing remains our priority so we ask- PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE IF YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

  • FEVER, SORE THROAT, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, COUGH
  • OR IF YOU HAVE RETURNED FROM OVERSEAS IN THE LAST 14 DAYS
  • OR IF YOU HAVE HAD KNOWN CONTACT WITH A PERSON WHO IS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19.

In line with the Health Department social distancing recommendations POGS has to change the way we practice. After careful consideration of the most current information, please note the following:

  • Our waiting room chairs have been spaced more than 1 metre apart to comply with the guidelines of 4 m2 per person. We disinfect the chairs and surfaces regularly with 95% alcohol solution and/or detergent wipes. PLEASE DO NOT MOVE THE CHAIRS.
  • There will be fewer antenatal appointments per day to avoid overcrowding.
  • If you are required to wait for your appointment while your doctor attends a delivery, please consider waiting outside where there is less chance of COVID-19 transmission.
  • Please attend your appointment alone or bring only one support person for antenatal appointments. If possible, please do not bring children to the clinic (as per the St John Of God hospitals’ policy).
  • Please use the alcohol hand rub in the foyer prior to entering the practice and use the alcohol sanitiser in our surgery as often as required.
  • We need to postpone non-urgent gynaecological appointments. If you have an appointment for a non-urgent or chronic problem such as prolapse, incontinence or contraception, please reschedule.
  • If you need a gynaecological appointment, kindly ask your GP to send us your referral well in advance.
  • If you are pregnant, you must get the Pertussis vaccine as soon as possible after 20 weeks and the 2020 influenza vaccine as soon as it becomes available.
  • We advise that pregnant women who can work from home, should do so.
  • Pregnant women who have regular contact with the public, e.g. nurses, doctors or teachers, are at higher risk. Isolation from work is not currently recommended. If you would like to stop work we will provide medical certificates. For other women who are worried please discuss this with your doctor so we can take your specific situation into consideration.
  • We recommend that all pregnant women stop work at 34 weeks unless they can work from home.

 

As far as we know, pregnant women do not become significantly more unwell than the general population. In most young adults, it is expected to present as a mild illness. We have protocols in place to deal with infected mothers and newborns.

More detailed information regarding COVID 19 in pregnancy can be found here: www.ranzcog.edu.au or speak to your doctor.

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