Travel and health information
As well as all international arrivals being required by law to quarantine in hotels, if you have returned to Western Australia from interstate on or after 24 March you must self isolate for two weeks according to state law aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19. Authorities are checking homes and penalties for breaching isolation are significant.
The government has announced that you will face fines or detention for disregarding this advice. Do not attend the practice. You may have been in contact with people who have been diagnosed with, or who are suspected to have, the COVID-19 coronavirus.
If you have an upcoming appointment please call on (08) 9346 9300.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, even if you have not traveled overseas, or you have close contact with someone who has traveled or has these symptoms, please call the practice prior to attending your appointment:
- Sore throat
- New onset shortness of breath
You may need to be tested for the coronavirus and if positive will need to self isolate.
If you have returned from overseas or interstate within the past two weeks and/or you are experiencing the symptoms listed above, or have had close contact with someone who is, please call the practice on (08) 9346 9300 and we can discuss your upcoming appointment.
Information regarding paediatric patients:
20th March 2020
We are receiving a high volume of phone calls and emails from parents understandably concerned about the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) to their children with underlying cardiac conditions. Western Cardiology would like to inform our families of our current position regarding COVID-19:
- While COVID-19 may post a risk to our patients, based on available evidence children in general do not appear to be at a higher risk and are less vulnerable than adults.
- No additional precautions are necessary at this stage for children with cardiac conditions in attending school, childcare or requiring isolation. The Department of Health advice for self-isolation if your child is unwell or if you have returned from overseas or interstate within the last 14 days must be followed.
- All children should adhere to standard infection control precautions for preventing transmission, similar to adults. Please do not bring any toys from home and limit toddlers to one comfort item only.
- We are unable to issue any parent certificates or letters of support for work purposes to family members. We appreciate your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
- All paediatric cardiology clinics are continuing as scheduled at this stage and we are not recommending routine cancellations. However, if your child is scheduled for routine review and the last appointment was more than one year ago, you should consider deferring this review for another 6 months. If you do not wish to attend or have been overseas or interstate within the last 14 days please call (08) 9346 9300 to reschedule your appointment.
- If your child develops a fever, cough or sore throat and they have returned from overseas or interstate within the last 14 days, or have been exposed to a close contact with coronavirus, please seek medical attention. Updated information is available via the Government of Western Australia Child and Adolescent Health Service website.
We fully appreciate and share the concerns that our families have regarding the impact of COVID-19. We hope you find this information helpful.
Luigi D’Orsogna & Deane Yim