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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Has there been an increase in people seeing their doctor because they think they have the coronavirus?

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  • Dr Amandeep Hansra

    GP (General Practitioner)

    Yes, there has been an increase in those presenting to their GPs. It is important to call your GP Practice ahead of your appointment and let them know what you are presenting with, so they can give you further advice over the phone prior to you presenting in person to the clinic.

  • Dr Megan Stewart

    GP (General Practitioner)

    I am an experienced and empathetic GP, with qualifications from both the Irish and Australian Colleges of General Practitioners, and have worked in general practice … View Profile

    Less people are going to their doctor overall.

    Some people are staying away when they shouldn't. If you have a worrying symptom like a lump, bleeding or a skin growth you should get this checked out with your GP regardless of COVID.

    If you are concerned about catching COVID when going to your GP, ask your GP for a telehealth consultation. All doctors can do them and they are bulk-billed if you are a particular risk of COVID, like being older or having a lung or immunity issue.

  • Dr Matthew Thuy

    GP (General Practitioner)

    I am a general practitioner practicing in Victoria. I grew up in Melbourne and obtained my medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 2008. … View Profile

    My experience in a semi regional part of Victoria is that people are not going to their doctor as often. Patients who are worried they have coronavirus are as a whole tending to get tested in the Covid-19 testing centers. This is a good thing because then the Covid-19 is not physically entering our practice.

    Patients who are unsure if they should get tested can seek advice from their GP via telehealth if it is available in their area. As mentioned it is good to contact the practice for advice before attending in person. 

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