The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to common illnesses such as a cold or influenza (flu). You may have one or more of the following:
a high temperature (at least 38˚C)
shortness of breath
a sore throat
sneezing and runny nose
temporary loss of smell
Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention.
Symptoms can take up to 14 days to show after a person has been infected. The virus can be passed onto others before they know they have it – from up to two days before symptoms develop. If you think you may have COVID-19, you should self-isolate and get tested as soon as possible.
If this sounds like you, we advise you to call Healthline, or us (if it's a working day) and we will put you on a phone list to discuss your symptoms with a GP or nurse. We will then either bring you in straight away to be seen if you are very unwell or see you in our "obs and swabs" clinic from 1-2 pm in our Ambulance Bay where a GP will see you, take your temperature, pulse and oxygen saturations and may listen to your chest and then swab you for COVID-19 if you meet the criteria. If you are unwell and its a cold day (or you don't have a car) we have a back-up option now to see you inside the practice in our new isolation area. The phone call and appointment are free if they are related to COVID-19 symptoms.
The latest information about COVID-19 can be found here.
Please be patient with our process, we are endeavouring to keep you and our staff safe from COVID-19 and prevent transmission of infection. We are also trying to keep you safe from catching COVID-19 if you just have a normal cold or flu.
What happens if I have coronavirus?
Fortunately most people only have a mild illness. If you are unwell and your swab comes back positive for coronavirus we will send you URL links on self-care at home. Your disease will be reported to public health so that contacts can be traced and isolated. If you condition deteriorates we will try to keep you at home as long as possible where this is safe to do so, we are able to loan you equipment to take recordings of your pulse and oxygen saturation and temperature at home and keep in touch via video consults. This will ensure that you are only hospitalised when absolutely necessary.