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Coronavirus & COVID 19 Vaccination Information

Last updated 09/03/21

Dear Patients,

The clinic will continue to provide all of our normal services during this epidemic.

This is an FAQ page for issues surrounding the Coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccination.

Please contact us if you have any questions that are not answered below.

 

Can I get the COVID 19 Vaccination?

Yes. BUT, Government is supplying only a small number of vaccinations to each clinic each week.

Eltham and Monty clinics will be providing vaccinations in the Government part 1b and part 2 roll out, starting in early April 2021.

All COVID vaccinations will be given at Monty Clinic.

We will contact our patients to organise their vaccination.

This will follow the Government’s priority order, starting with people aged 80 or above.

Preparing for your visit: Please download and complete the Government consent form here and bring it along to your visit.

The vaccination requires two doses, given 12 weeks apart.

People aged under 70, who do not have a significant health condition, will be waiting several months yet for their vaccination.  We will update this page as this changes.

 

Can I get my flu shot?

Yes.  Private flu vaccinations will be in stock from Tues 16/3/21.  (Government subsidised vaccinations are expected in late April).

The flu vaccination should be given two weeks apart from your COVID vaccination.

Private vaccinations for people aged 5-64 are $17.

We are running dedicated, exclusive flu vaccination clinics.

You are welcome to ring and book a flu shot at one of these clnics.

 

I am not sick and am worried about coming into the clinic. 

Eltham and Monty Clinics have taken strong measures to protect our patients and minimise the chance of any infection at our clinics.

Basically, anyone with any respiratory symptoms is not allowed in the clinic buildings.

By doing this, the buildings remain safe for all other General Practice activities to continue.

We have built dedicated outdoor examination areas so that people with respiratory symptoms can be cared for properly but without entering the buildings.

Patients with respiratory symptoms are being asked to wait in their cars.

The buildings and surfaces are having additional, regular cleaning.

 

Can I get tested for Coronavirus?

Yes. Testing is encouraged for anyone with any symptoms of Coronavirus. This includes  runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath.

Testing is also recommended for people who are close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 or who have returned from overseas in the past 14 days.

Locally, testing is available at the Government site on Civic Drive Greensborough (no referral required) or from 4Cyte Pathology at 2 Sunrise Drv Greensborough (a referral form is required).

Our doctors can advise you on the need for a test and arrange for testing to take place.

 

Can I have a Telehealth consultation instead of coming into the clinic?

Yes. We are utilising phone and video consultations as well as regular consultations.

Phone consultations are not suitable for all problems. Our reception staff can help you decide what is most appropriate.

Fees can be found here: https://elthamclinic.com.au/fees/

 

Can I get a repeat prescription without coming into the clinic?

Yes. You may ring to request a Telehealth appointment for your prescription. These consultations are bulk billed.

Alternatively, our online ordering system is available as usual here: https://elthamclinic.com.au/prescriptions/

The fee is $20 and there is no Medicare rebate for this.

 

What should I do if I have respiratory symptoms (fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath) and want to see a doctor?

Please ring the clinic. Our reception staff will ask some screening questions and organise an appointment for you.

When you arrive please ring reception 9431 0644. Do not come into the clinic. 

The doctor will phone you when they are ready to see you. Please have your phone line free!

Much of the consultation will happen over the phone.

The doctor will advise where and how to conduct your examination in one of our outdoor examination areas.

 

Where do I get the official information about Coronavirus?

Here:  https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/

This site is updated daily and answers many questions. Please visit that website and our website before calling the clinic.