At FLOREAT MEDICAL we are concerned about our patients’ health and the health of the wider community. Immunisations are a basic tool to prevent disease and keep our most vulnerable safe. Today’s generations do not recall the severe effect of Polio. We avoid congenital deafness due to rubella in pregnancy, and we try to eliminate the devastation of whooping cough with immunisation of mothers and families surrounding the vulnerable baby. Meningococcal disease is still reminding us how frightening communicable infections are, and how vaccination can prevent illness, suffering and death. Vaccinations, whether for children and adolescents under the National Immunisation Program, the annual influenza vaccine program, prevention of pneumococcal disease and pneumonia, ongoing prevention of Tetanus, and now vaccination against COVID 19, are all basic essentials of disease prevention and FLOREAT MEDICAL is responsible to ensure it supports our community in staying safe. The Astra Zeneca and Pfizer vaccines protecting against Covid-19, are currently another part of the schedule providing immunity against the possible long term serious and life threatening consequences of contracting this communicable disease. Since March this year we have been providing Covid-19 vaccinations through our express Astra Zeneca clinics. As at the end of July 2021, we have conducted 93 AZ clinics in amongst our general practice appointments, as well as 34 Flu clinics. We have another 70 AZ clinics at FLOREAT MEDICAL currently booked to provide the second AZ vaccine in order to complete the immunisation for this first round of patients by late September. This has significant organisation and effort from management, receptionists, nurses and doctors to co-ordinate the safe and efficient delivery of the vaccinations. The vast majority of patients in our AZ clinics have been our more senior citizens (Phase 2B). We thank them for being on time, informed and compliant. This has helped the clinics to run very smoothly and even be fun at times for all concerned. The waiting time after the vaccination (15 minutes on average) offers an opportunity for patients of similar age to enquire about the pandemic, comment on their hopes, fears and reactions, and to joke about having the chance to do it all again when they come for their second vaccination. Via the SmartVax app and our own observations, we have noted some reactions to the vaccine. Some patients experienced tiredness and aches and pains and a very small number of patients had a variety of symptoms including headache, rash or bruising, or something that they discussed with their doctor. However, over all, this demographic of our patient base has sailed through the vaccination process smoothly and with good humour. If you were one of those Phase 2B patients who has attended Floreat Medical for your first Astra Zeneca vaccine then we look forward to seeing you again for your second shot! FLOREAT MEDICAL takes its role in supporting and caring for our community very seriously. We aim to always have the patient’s best interest as our first priority. We keep abreast of the latest information in order to provide the best care. We are concerned about your privacy, your comfort and your safety. Our staff, doctors and nurses are here for you. Photo: Our Premier Mark McGowan getting Covid-19 vaccinated (but not at Floreat Medical) Credit: West Australian Newspapers
FLOREAT MEDICAL, consistent with the Australian Department of Health policy, urges anyone with ‘cold’ symptoms to have a COVID-19 test as soon as possible. This is regardless of severity of illness, travel history or considered likelihood of COVID infection. It is easy to have a test. Option 1: Go directly to a public COVID-19 clinic to get tested on the spot – no referral required. Option 2: Give us a call on 93876000 and we can arrange over the phone a referral for testing at a private lab. You do not need to wait until you are told by a doctor to get a test. Once you have your test, self-isolate until your results are available (which is usually within 24hrs). We have been extremely lucky in WA. No community spread for 9 months. Borders are closed. Life is more normal here than pretty much anywhere else in the world. So why bother testing when it’s just a cold? In recent months, we have seen how easily hotel quarantine can be breached. In Qld, SA, NSW and Victoria, there have been infection leaks into the community resulting in state-wide lockdowns. It can happen just as easily in WA and is perhaps more likely, now that the burden of cases in hotel quarantine is increasing as the pandemic rages overseas, and the more infectious strain of the virus enters our State. The general lack of social distancing in our community and our normal way of life could mean that if virus arrives and escapes hotel quarantine, it will spread rapidly in our community. During a pandemic, it is important to keep testing even when it is extremely unlikely that your test will come up positive. This differs from the usual medical model of testing based on probability. Our aim is not to diagnose your cold, it is to detect community COVID-19 spread as early as possible. This allows our Health Department to stamp it out and prevent a prolonged WA lockdown or worse, a UK/US style outbreak in our own State. Our commitment to you: The doctors at Floreat Medical will remain proactive in referring patients for testing and are available for phone consults to answer your queries. Our vigilance reflects our commitment to your safety and keeping our doors open for your ongoing medical care. We thank for your understanding and cooperation with our infection control measures and for your prompt action in getting tested when needed.