IMPORTANT UPDATES on our response to CORONAVIRUS – What this means for you
At Baywest Medical Centre we are committed to continuing to provide excellent health care for our patients during the present pandemic. To be able to do this, we ask all of you to please work with us to minimise risks to yourself and others. Please follow the instructions of our reception staff and any signs or messages you receive from us.
As we adapt to the evolving situation, we will aim to meet your needs in different ways and preserve access to medical services.
You will notice some changes in the practice environment as we adhere to social distancing guidelines. You may be asked to wait outside rather than inside the waiting room. You may need to wear a mask, depending on current Queensland Health guidelines, or by your doctor’s preference.
We prefer not to accept cash at this time. Paying by debit card is also preferred because it allows patients to receive their Medicare rebate immediately.
Baywest Medical Centre participated in the National Covid-19 Vaccination Roll-out, providing this important service for the benefit of our local community. However, running this extensive additional service required a lot of hard work behind the scenes, and due to this, we needed to cease providing Covid-19 Vaccinations in March 2022.
We are continuing to offer telephone consultations for patients with a positive Covid-19 RAT or PCR test, in order to maintain continuity of care for our patients who are experiencing difficulties with attending in person, or are self-isolating. This reduces exposure risks for both doctors and patients.
Telephone consultations are privately billed, with bulk-billing available at doctor’s discretion.
If you are unwell with ANY of the following symptoms: Fever, Sore throat, Cough, Shortness of breath, Runny nose, or Headache, OR
If you have been advised to isolate by the Public Health Unit,
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER the practice.
Instead, please ring reception on Ph: 3396 5309 and you will be offered a phone consultation, or alternative consultation arrangements can be made.
Your GP will discuss your symptoms and advise you on appropriate management. If they determine you will need testing for Coronavirus, they arrange testing for you at a local pathology provider.
We are not performing any testing for Coronavirus in person due to the risks to the doctor and other people within the practice.
For up to date information on Coronavirus (also called COVID-19), see: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19
For information on testing, see: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/take-action/testing-and-fever-clinics