Healthcare Tips and Patient Information^
Hand washing tipsThe impacts of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic are as serious as they are far-reaching placing uptmost importance of practicing good hygiene. Frequent hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness/viruses. Here are some steps to practice hand hygiene 1) Remove all jewellery, even rings, so you can reach all surfaces on your hands. Wet hands with running water. 2) Apply soap or liquid soap. 3) Rub hands palm to palm then with fingers interlaced. 4) Rotational rubbing of left thumb clasped in right palm and vice versa. 5) Make sure you cover all surfaces, including the backs of your hands. 6) Rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds. 7) Rinse hands, making sure you remove all soap, and turn off the tap using the towel or paper towel. 8) Dry your hands thoroughly with a paper towel, a clean hand towel or an air dryer if you are in a public toilet. For more details, download the brochure on hand hygiene Source: World Health Organisation
Blood test preparationYou are required to fast for between eight (8) to ten (10) hours prior to the test - which usually means an overnight fast. During a fast, you must have nothing to eat or drink - water is acceptable, but NO soft drinks, tea, milk, coffee or fruit juices may be taken during the fast. Taking routine medications is acceptable, Unless you have been specifically instructed by the referring doctor not to take the medication prior to the test. NO SMOKING on the day of the test and until test is completed. No other drinks may be taken. NOTE: Please bring a list of your current medications if applicable.
ImmunisationSince the introduction of the new immunisation schedule on the 1st of July 2018, children have had the benefit of being protected against the strains of Meningococcus ACWY when they turn 1 years of age. However, for those who missed out, children would have to wait until aged 15, when the school based immunisation program will provide it. In the meantime, for those concerned about infection, please see a doctor to obtain a script / immunisation, to ensure protection. Meningococcus type B (Bexsero) is not covered in the current immunisation schedule. There are a number of ways to obtain immunity, each with considerations of cost, risk and convenience. Please make an appointment to see a doctor to discuss these immunisations.
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Part of maintaining good health, would be to see your doctor for a health assessment, even if you have no symptoms.
The frequency of this would be determined by many factors, including age, sex, medication and family history.
Much emphasis is on the collection and assessment of blood tests.
But equally as important, are addressing risk factors of smoking, alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, weight gain and sexually transmitted diseases.
During the consultation, remember to ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, weight and height, and to mention if you suffer from mental illness.
If your examination and results are clear, please see your doctor should you develop new symptoms or feel unwell.
Many conditions can still be missed on a health check and require reassessment.