Coronavirus Disease COVID 19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly.

The advice from SA Health is updated regularly, so please click on the SA Health Link below.

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to get tested for Coronavirus, what can I do to organise this?

Our GPs are up-dated daily about the current guidelines for testing and they can organise the test for you if you are eligible. Please make a telephone appointment with your GP today on 8296 0122 or online on this website.

Am I eligible for a test for Coronavirus?

We can order tests for Coronavirus based on guidelines from SA Health during a phone consultation. 

Current for 1st May 2020, patients who meet the following clinical criteria can be tested for COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills (in the absence of an alternative illness that explains these symptoms)

  • An acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath)

  • An unexplained loss of smell or an altered sense of taste

What is the test for Coronavirus?

The test involves a swab (like a long cotton bud) placed on the back of your mouth (pharynx) and in the nostril. It is sent to the laboratory at SA Pathology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for testing. Results will be sent to your GP when they are available, which is currently about 1-3 days.

 

Can I have a Coronavirus Test at Seacombe Medical Centre?

To assist SA Health, we are provide car park testing on some afternoons in April and May 2020. You will need to discuss testing with your GP in a telephone consult and they will will book you in where possible. Our doctors can also facilitate testing at an appropriate SA Health Centre.

Do not go to the Emergency Department to get tested. If you are very unwell with suspected or confirmed Coronavirus, it is important that you ring 000, or the hospital, or your GP before you attend the Emergency Department.

I have a viral infection, but no fever, can I see my GP?

Please make a telephone consultation with your GP online via this website, or call 8296 0122. You will probably require testing for Coronavirus. Your GP will organise a time for you to come to the Seacombe Medical Centre for testing +/- examination using infection control processes if required.

Can I be immunised for Coronavirus?

No. There are many vaccines being developed at the moment, but they are unlikely to be available until next year at the earliest. However, the peak of Coronavirus is predicted to occur at a similar time as the Influenza season in Australia. We are providing Flu Vaccination Clinics now. We recommend everyone over 6 months of age has a Flu vaccine (unless contra-indicated). Please refer to our Influenza Immunisation Program page.

Can I have a clearance certificate for work?

Currently doctors cannot provide Coronavirus Clearance Certificates. We suggest your employer check the latest work guidelines from SA Health in the link.

What is quarantine? What is self isolation?

Please click on this link from an excellent website called GPs can

(Information current for 1st May 2020)

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