Lockyer Valley residents with chronic health conditions are being urged not to neglect their regular health care but to continue to consult with their doctors in order to best manage their condition.
Federal Member for Wright, Scott Buchholz said it was vitally important residents in the Lockyer Valley maintained their healthcare checks, especially those with chronic conditions or the elderly.
In response to the Coronavirus, the Australian Government has expanded Medicare-subsidised telehealth services for all Australians and is providing extra incentives to general practitioners to support continued access to essential primary health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“My message to everyone is this, if you have a regular appointment with your doctor, please contact them and ask if this can be carried out using a telehealth consultation, it may not be necessary for a face-to-face consultation,” Mr Buchholz said.
“And, if you do need a face to face appointment, it is safe to attend. Follow all of the health precautions, such as rigorous hand washing, not touching your mouth, maintaining your distance and so on.
“While you are out, ask your doctor if you can get your flu shot on the same day. Not only does this save an extra trip, it also means you’re protecting yourself against regular flu – that’ll be good for you, our health system and health workers.
‘Many Australians including all Australians over 65 years of age, and children under the age of five, are eligible for a free flu vaccine through the National Immunisation Program,” Mr Buchholz said.
To further stop the spread of COVID-19 Australians can now have their PBS medicines delivered to their home from their community pharmacy of their choice through the Australian Government “COVID-19 Home Medicines Service.
“We know people are worried about being infected by Coronavirus and taking that to their family. By staying home, as much as possible, you’re helping and you’re doing the right thing.
“For vulnerable people in our region, if you’re taking regular medication to manage a condition, please – make sure you continue to take it and fill your prescription.
“Please contact your doctor or your local pharmacy to arrange a repeat prescription. There is no additional cost to have the medicines delivered to your home,” Mr Buchholz said.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has launched Expert Advice Matters, a nationwide campaign to stop people from neglecting their health concerns during COVID-19. A website, www.expertadvicematters.com.au, has been set up with straightforward, practical advice for patients.
Mr Buchholz – Scott O’Connell – 0413 424 384