After many months of isolation, we understand that there is an urgent need for many of our patients to re-connect with their GP. As the Covid-19 case numbers come under control and the likelihood that restrictions will be lifted increases, we will gradually transition back to our normal consultation format.
Telehealth will be available until the end of March 2021. As Government support for this is reducing, there may be an out of pocket fee of $20 for Telehealth consultations.
However, we will continue to bulk bill Telehealth consultations for Concession Card holders and children aged 15 and under up until 26th October 2020.
From 28th September, patients without respiratory symptoms will be able to choose between face-to-face and telehealth consultations. Normal fees apply for face to face consultations.
Those with respiratory symptoms will be assessed via a telephone consultation first and the doctor will decide whether face-to-face follow up is appropriate. We continue to run our Carpark Respiratory Clinic and symptomatic patients can be booked into this clinic by the doctor in order to keep the main building as safe as possible.
We plan to restart our preventative health activities as there is a justifiable concern that conditions are not being detected or acted upon in a timely manner. Early assessment of symptoms and prompt intervention can make such a large difference to outcomes. There is also a strong need for a higher level of emotional support and this is best delivered by a face-to-face consult.
We look forward to continuing to help you and your loved ones, whether it be by telephone or in person.
Dr Peter Lovass