SWIFT STREET MEDICAL CENTRE

SWIFT STREET MEDICAL CENTRE is committed to providing  comprehensive and confidential medical care to all. Patient confidentiality is of prime concern to us and our Practice Privacy Policy is available to view, upon request.

The doctors are experienced in the broad range of general practice and have a commitment to quality medical care. Our Wellington doctors treat our patients with dignity, respect, kindness and courtesy and at the same time, practice medicine of the highest ethical standard. They undergo quality assurance and continuing medical education as directed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. The Swift Street Medical Centre is an AGPAL accredited general practice. This  accreditation reflects the fact that Swift Street Medical Centre has met standards set by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. These standards are designed to ensure  high quality care is provided in a safe and well-organised way.

Recognition by AGPAL demonstrates the commitment of this  practice to continually provide comprehensive  medical care to all.
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Swift Street Medical Centre would like to Acknowledge the Wiradjuri people who are the traditional custodians of this land. We would also like to pay respect to Elders both past and present of the Wiradjuri nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people.

We also pay our respects to those among the LGBTI communities who have worked to support the improved health and well-being of their peers, children, families, friends, and country.

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What a different world we are all living in! Covid-19 has certainly had a huge  impact on every one of us. There are many who have paid the ultimate price of Covid-19 already, and our hearts go out to each of them, and their families.

We have all had to adjust to a whole new way of thinking and doing things -not just “medically” but “personally” as well and I’m not sure that any one of us, could have imagined that things could change so dramatically in such a short period of time.

We have had to rethink even the simple things, like shopping. We are working from home .. schooling our children from home .. and face-timing the rest of our family from home, because that’s as close as we are allowed to get at the moment.

It is amazing though,  to see so many digging deep and doing what needs to be done. We have always been proud of our Aussie spirit and the way we all pull together when the going gets tough.  We have faced some pretty tough times in our past and I’m sure we will all get through this one as well. 

So face-time with your family.. phone your friends and be patient at the supermarket. Check on your neighbours .. give the checkout staff a smile and keep that 1.5 metres in check. Wash those hands .. be kind and don’t stress about the toilet paper folks, it’s on its way to a supermarket near you !!!

 


                                   

What is Covid-19

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new form of coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City, China.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience:

Fever

Symptoms such as coughing, a sore throat and fatigue

Shortness of breath

Good hygiene for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Everyone can slow the spread of COVID-19 by washing their hands frequently, covering their coughs, putting tissues straight into a bin, avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth, cleaning regularly used objects and surfaces and ventilating their home or workspace.

Everyone must practise good hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus spreading.

When you practise good hygiene you:

.cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue

.put used tissues straight into the bin

.wash your hands often with soap and water, including before and after    eating and after going to the toilet

.use alcohol-based hand sanitisers

.avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

.clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces such as benchtops, desks and doorknobs

.clean and disinfect frequently used objects such as mobile phones, keys, wallets and work passes

.increase the amount of fresh air available by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

Social distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19)

.Everyone must practise social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus

Keep your distance

One way to slow the spread of viruses, such as coronavirus, is social distancing (also called physical distancing).

The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

In public

Social distancing in public means people:

.stay at home and only go out if it is absolutely essential

.keep 1.5 metres away from others

.avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses

.use tap and go instead of cash

.travel at quiet times and avoid crowds

.avoid at risk groups like older people

.practise good hygeine

Households

All Australians are required to stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to go outside. Australians are permitted to leave home for the essentials, such as:

shopping for food

exercising — in a public space such as a park, limited to no more than 2 people

going out for medical appointments or to the pharmacy

providing care or support to another person in a place other than your home

going to work if you cannot work from home.

Australians should work from home where they can.

Steps for social distancing in all homes include:

keeping visitors to a minimum

regularly disinfecting surfaces that are touched a lot, such as tables, kitchen benches, hand rails and doorknobs

increasing ventilation in the home by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

If someone in your household is sick, you should:

care for the sick person in a single room, if possible

keep the number of carers to a minimum

keep the door to the sick person’s room closed. If possible, keep a window open

wear a surgical mask when you are in the same room as the sick person.

The sick person should also wear a mask when other people are in the same room. Protect at-risk family members by keeping them away from the sick person. At-risk people include those aged over 65 years or people with a chronic illness. If possible, find them somewhere else to live while the family member is sick.

At work

If you can, work from home. If you cannot work from home and you are sick, you must not attend your workplace. You must stay at home and away from others.

Steps for social distancing in the workplace include:

stop shaking hands to greet others

consider cancelling non-essential meetings. If needed, hold meetings via video conferencing or phone call

put off large meetings to a later date

hold essential meetings outside in the open air if possible

promote good hand, sneeze and cough hygiene

provide alcohol-based hand rub for all staff

eat lunch at your desk or outside rather than in the lunch room

regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that many people touch

open windows or adjust air conditioning for more ventilation

limit food handling and sharing of food in the workplace

avoid non-essential travel

promote strict hygiene among food preparation (canteen) staff and their close contacts

In schools

If your child is sick, they must not go to school or childcare. You must keep them at home and away from others.

To reduce the spread of viruses or germs in schools:

wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser when entering school, and at regular intervals

stop activities that lead to mixing between classes and years

avoid queuing

cancel school assemblies

have a regular handwashing schedule

regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that many people touch

conduct lessons outdoors where possible

consider opening windows and adjusting conditioning for more ventilation

promote strictest hygiene among food preparation (canteen) staff and their close contacts

Keep in touch with others

You can still keep in touch with loved ones while you practise social distancing:

use video chats

make phone calls to people you would normally catch up with in person

use online groups to interact

chat with neighbours while keeping 1.5 metres apart

look after your mental health. 

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We are all very Proud of our Practice Manager,

SUE TOWNEY

.. please click on the link below to see why!

Latest News !!!


We are very proud and excited to share our latest news with you …

Local practice, Swift Street Medical Centre, finalist in AGPAL and QIP Excellence Awards

In April 2018, Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL) announced the finalists of the AGPAL and QIP Excellence Awards. Swift Street Medical Centre was announced as one of the finalists in the AGPAL Rural and Remote General Practice of the Year Award category.

Across Australia within Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas (RRMA) with classifications of 4 to 7, there are many general practices making a daily commitment to providing high quality rural and remote health care. The AGPAL Group of Companies acknowledges, appreciates and is committed to recognising the dedication and continuing effort of these practice teams make towards quality improvement.

Dr Stephen Clark, Group Chief Executive of the AGPAL Group of Companies, said that AGPAL had received a number of outstanding nominations from AGPAL accredited rural and remote general practices.

“The AGPAL and QIP Excellence Awards recognise and reward the commitment that general practices make to quality improvement within a health care setting. The nominations process has allowed me the privilege to gain a unique insight into the inspiring achievements taking place within the health care environment” he said.

I thank all those practices who shared their inspiring and innovative stories of quality improvement. Congratulations to Swift Street Medical Centre for being selected as a finalist for the AGPAL Rural and Remote General Practice of the Year Award” Dr Clark said.

To be selected as a finalist, Swift Street Medical Centre had to submit a nomination form self-assessing against key criteria. The judging process was vigorous with a large number of nominations received.

The Excellence and Highly Commended recipients of the AGPAL Rural and Remote General Practice of the Year Award will be announced at the AGPAL and QIP 2018 Conference in Melbourne. The AGPAL and QIP Excellence Awards will be presented at the Conference Gala Dinner at on Friday 18 May 2018.

2018 marks a milestone for both AGPAL and the general practice sector as a whole, as we come together to celebrate 21 years of AGPAL accreditation. As a not-for-profit organisation, AGPAL is dedicated to delivering accreditation services and supporting general practices on their journey of continuous quality improvement, and remains Australia’s leading general practice accreditation provider.

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What is My Health Record?

Having a My Health Record means your important health information like allergies, current conditions and treatments, medicine details, pathology reports or diagnostic imaging scan reports can be digitally stored in one place. Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff can see these details online from anywhere at any time when they need to, such as in an accident or emergency.

You can register online for a My Health Record for you or a child at any time.

To register for a My Health Record, we need to verify your identity. To do this you will need to answer some questions relating to your Medicare card or Medicare history, such as the date of birth of people on your Medicare card or information relating to your Medicare or DVA claims history.

If you are registering a child, you must have parental responsibility for them and the child must be listed on your Medicare card. If this is not the case, you will need to apply in writing.

We’ll collect your answers and disclose them to Medicare or DVA (if relevant) to verify your identity. Without your answers, we won’t be able to create a My Health Record for you. The information we collect to verify your identity is not retained and we don’t disclose it anyone else. See our Privacy Policy for more details.

For all information and help available, please click on the link below and you will be taken to the myhealthrecord website.

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