Call Care in the Community for respiratory symptom supportAug 25, 2022
A new virtual medical service has been introduced across Mid North Coast Local Health District to support people suffering flu-like symptoms and ease pressure on hospital emergency departments during the busy winter period.
The Care in the Community service comprises doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who provide telehealth management and ongoing support to people with acute respiratory infection including COVID-19 and influenza.
Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr Rachael Gill said the virtual service is ideal for people who are suffering respiratory illnesses and are unable to access a timely GP appointment.
“Expert health professionals are only a phone call away and they can assess, advise and monitor your health needs, helping to free up our emergency departments for emergencies,” Dr Gill said.
The service is currently available to people of all ages who are suffering from flu-like symptoms such as:
- fever and chills
- cough, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose
- muscle aches, joint pains, headaches and feeling very tired
- nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Healthcare professionals can be contacted on 6589 2515 seven days a week, from 8am to 4.30pm.
“The Care in the Community team can also provide prescriptions, medical certificates, short-term patient monitoring and referrals to other medical professionals,” Dr Gill said.
Doctors and other healthcare professionals are encouraged to refer patients that may be waiting for an appointment to the Care in the Community service.