COVID19: What you need to know
2020 – the year of Covid is drawing to a close. We have all adapted to our new normal of elimination interrupted by isolated community cases or more serious community clusters. The border remains a risk, but we are learning and improving on measures to minimise this.
Life is as normal as we can get it for now, but Level 1 does not mean life is normal. The most important job for the team of 5 million right now is to record our contacts with the contact tracing app and/or own records.
Nelson Family Medicine as of 30/11/20:
Unfortunately our receptionists still have to ask a lot of Covid screening questions when you make an appointment. We realise this is tedious, but it is the best way of protecting everyone, so please be patient.
You are still welcome to book phone consultations if you prefer, and don’t need a physical examination. You just can’t book them online yet. Hopefully soon.
People are affected in all sorts of ways by this so remember to STAY KIND, especially as wage subsidies and mortgage relief runs out. Christmas and other significant occasions are hard for people with family overseas.
We are now providing Covid tests at the surgery because the Community Testing Centres have closed. Phone to book or talk to a nurse about whether you need one.
Continue to use all the infection prevention tricks as appropriate. Remember you are protecting yourself from more than just Covid : Wash hands or using sanitiser. Cough into the crook of your elbow and stay home if you are sick. Wear a mask. Use social distancing. Keep yourself healthy with a healthy lifestyle.
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