How Medical Centers Protect You from Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Doctor Explains
Join me as I take you behind the scenes at our medical centre in the Gold Coast (dubbed a Coronavirus Hotspot by the news) to see how we clean the practice, triage patients and prepare for our day in the midst of a Coronavirus outbreak.
Outside of the door we have clear signs advising patients who think they may have Coronavirus or have symptoms of the virus to stop and call us for advice. We have posters and information of the local testing centres clearly displayed as we are not geared up to have in-house testing.
We start the day by disinfecting common areas with medicinal grade detergent, including the reception desk, doctors office, appliances and any waiting room surfaces. We ensure that patients are seated well away from one another to avoid any spread of infection in a closed space.
Patients call in for appointments and will be triaged by reception or a nurse to ensure that they are not putting other sick patients at risk. It is easy to forget that medical centres need to remain open to cater for those who may be suffering from chronic health conditions such as diabetes, lung problems or cancer. It is of utmost importance to ensure that such patients are not subjected to any potential Coronavirus sufferers in the waiting room. All patients are required to use hand sanitiser and are offered masks if warranted.
Patients who are deemed unable to attend the practice are offered telehealth consultations in lieu of a face-to-face consult.
For added safety, front line staff such as receptionists and doctors use N95 masks and other protective gear during their working day to minimise any potential exposure. These are then disposed of and areas are disinfected again.
So far, to date we have not had any Coronavirus patients or suspected patients. This could only be possible with a team effort from the staff and from you as patients. We request that you call in to book an appointment so we can assess the nature of your visit.
As a medical doctor, I urge you to help flatten the curve, be sure to follow strict social distancing of 1.5m, practice regular thorough hand washing, self-isolate and avoid large crowds. Together, as a world, we can combat Coronavirus.
Join me next time where I take you through some patient experiences of Coronavirus.
I hope you’ve found this video useful and always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line below.
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