It is now mandatory to wear a mask when you go out in public. We also ask you to do so when coming to the medical centre for care.
It does not matter whether it is a surgical mask, or a homemade fabric one, or even one of the full-face plastic shields (they are not quite as safe but better than not wearing anything).
Our doctors and staff have been wearing masks for some time. We are taking all the extra precautions to minimise the spread of COVID-19, and we hope you agree that the inconvenience is worth putting up with for now.
Remember too that we are doing many of our consultations by telehealth (video link) or telephone so you can #stayathome. The medical centre is still open if you need to be examined or have a test or procedure, so don’t hesitate to contact your doctor with questions or concerns.
Flu vaccines have been hot property this year! We have had a very successful vaccination campaign for those over 65 and younger people with chronic medical conditions.
As usual, we also recommend all children are vaccinated and those under 5 can get a free vaccine under the immunisation programme.
We still have vaccines in stock for those of you that have not had one yet. They are government-funded (free of charge) for those over 65, under 5 or with a chronic disease. We charge just $20 for the vaccine if you are not in one of those groups.
It is not too late to get vaccinated!
Many of us were vaccinated quite early in autumn this year, and people have been wondering if a booster dose will be needed. None of the authorities on vaccination have recommended a booster, and we understand there is not much scientific evidence to suggest doing one. If this recommendation changes we will send out updated information.
We can help with all coronavirus related concerns, and refer you for testing or treatment if needed.
But we also remain your family doctor, and we will take the time to manage new or ongoing health issues.
Please contact us with your questions, or if you have any symptoms of concern. Social distancing measures apply in and around our medical centre for your safety.
Take simple precautions to reduce your risk. Wash your hands frequently. Stay at home unless it is essential to go out. Isolate yourself and wear a mask if you are unwell.
Contact us to discuss your circumstances or for personal advice.