Corangamite Clinic Colac – Update Since the Outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Corangamite Clinic doctors are available to attend to your medical concerns throughout this time. We work within a well resourced local and State Health Service and we are well prepared to respond to this evolving situation. Please be reassured that we are doing everything we can to help you, your family and our community.
If you are worried you have contracted the coronavirus, please ring us. We can arrange for a phone consultation with one of our doctors. If you require a test for coronavirus, we can arrange this for you. Please keep triple 0 for emergencies only.
If you have an appointment with a doctor, but would prefer a phone consultation, please let us know and we can arrange this for you. Our doctors can let you know if you need to be seen in person and we can arrange for this to happen in a safe manner.
Please help us keep our clinic a safe place. If you have a runny nose, sore throat, cough or fever, please ring our friendly reception team from your home or from your car. If you have a pre-existing appointment at our clinic and you have developed a runny nose, sore throat or cough in the meantime, please ring us. We will arrange for you to be consulted by our doctors in a safe and timely manner.
Care for our patients over 70 years old: if you or a family member is a regular patient of our clinic and over 70 years old, please ring our receptionists. If you would like, we can arrange for your doctor to provide a phone consultation. During this phone consultation, your doctor can discuss with you whether you should attend our clinic in person.
Nursing Home Visits: Doctors at our clinic attend regular rounds at the three local nursing homes. Our doctors also provide an oncall service for nursing home residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Wherever possible, our doctors will provide bulk billed phone consultations for our nursing home patients. If you or a family member is a nursing home resident and a patient of Corangamite Clinic, please discuss with the duty nurse at the nursing home, or with our reception team at Corangamite Clinic, for further information.
Antenatal appointments: It is really important that you attend your routine antenatal appointments. Our doctors and midwives need to examine you in person to make sure you and your baby are healthy. However, if you have a runny nose, sore throat, cough or fever on the day of your appointment, please ring us prior to attending. You are eligible for a bulk billed phone consultation. Or, we can reschedule your appointment. If you have concerns outside of your routine appointments and need to see a doctor, please ring us. One of our obstetric GP s or our midwife will provide a phone consultation, and we’ll let you know if you need to come in to see us in person.
Childhood immunisations: It is now even more important to make sure that your child is up to date with their routine immunisations. Our doctors and nurses can help you and your family. As well as routine immunisations, we can give you advice about influenza immunisation for you and your child. However, if you have an appointment for immunisations and you and your child have developed a runny nose, sore throat, cough or fever in the meantime, please ring us prior to attending. We can reschedule your appointment.
Diabetes & Respiratory Nurse Educator Appointments: It is more important than ever to attend your routine Diabetes and Respiratory Nurse Educator appointments and make sure you’re as healthy as you can be. However, if you have a runny nose, sore throat, cough or fever on the day of your appointment, please ring us prior to attending. You may be eligible for a bulk billed phone consultation. Or, we can reschedule your appointment.
Flu vaccinations for all patients: Flu vaccinations are recommended for everyone and are particularly important during the COVID-19 era. In previous years we have offered flu vaccination clinics, however, this year we will offer flu vaccinations by appointment only. Please ring for further information.
Other routine services: Please ring the clinic to arrange an appointment to be seen by our doctors for any medical concern. Please reserve urgent “on the day” appointments for urgent problems.
New Patients: Corangamite Clinic continues to welcome new patients. Please ring to make an appointment with one of our doctors.
Home Visits: Corangamite Clinic Doctors provide home visits to regular long term patients in special circumstances by prior arrangement. Please ring our reception staff, or talk with your doctor, if you would like to request a home visit.
If you have any queries, please ring us. We want to help you and your family through this difficult time.
For further information regarding the Coronavirus, please visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus OR www.gps-can.com.au/covid19-blog/coronavirus-covid-19
Dr Zoe Barren