Services and Program changes at the Centre due to Covid-19 – as of 28th September, 2020

In recognition of the lowering of numbers COVID cases regionally and the easing of restrictions, Harrow Bush Nursing Centre will be returning to normal operating hours from September 28th. Please note that restrictions continue on entering the building with symptom and temperature checks in place, social distancing and wearing of masks throughout the building.

From the 28th September 2020 the service will be open to the public from Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 4.30pm.
Services that will be available are as follows:
-Urgent care presentations
-Pathology and clinical assessments
-District nursing services
-Allied Health Services -Podiatry, Diabetes Educator, Social Worker, Masseur, Psychology and Physiotherapy
-Telehealth services- Specialists, Dietician and GP services
-Respite, meal provision and transport services
-Small outdoor group exercise activities
-Virtual School holiday programs/Pilates and fitness programs
Services and programs that remain on hold until further notice:
-Harrow and District Men’s shed
-Indoor exercise group activities
-Indoor School holiday programs
-Social support programs

– HNH programs

Cancelled until further notice:
– SSG activities including Singing group and Pump n Puff class
– Community Exercise Provider including the Strength and Balance class
– Harrow Neighbourhood House programs including Harrow & District Men’s Shed, Public
Computer Access, Sketch with Stretch, Cooking Workshops and Playgroup.
If you have any questions, please contact the Harrow Bush Nursing Centre on 03 5588 2000.
Please note that we are unfortunately unable to sell PPE (including masks) to the general public however we are here to support you and provide information on making masks and where masks are being sold locally.

Please note that we are unfortunately unable to sell PPE (including masks) to the general public however we are here to support you and provide information on making masks and where masks are being sold locally.

For all appointments at the Centre we will ask specific questions before booking you in. When you present in person to the Centre your temperature will be checked before entry is permitted.  Please call us if you have any concerns for specific care needs including access to basic supplies, medications for food. We ask all community members to STAY HOME PLEASE

ALWAYS DIAL 000 IN CASE OF MEDICAL EMERGENCY

Staying at home is the most effective method to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For the best and most up to date advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the Department of Health and Human Services website: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or CLICK HERE

If you suspect you have COVID-19 choose from the following options:

  • Call the COVID-19 24 hour Hotline on 1800 675 398
  • Call your GP to discuss your symptoms
  • Attend the local testing clinics in Hamilton or Horsham:
    – Hamilton testing clinic is at the Hamilton Hospital –
    open 1pm to 3pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 12pm Saturdays. Strict testing criteria applies and children 9 years and under must see a GP or visit the Emergency Department of a Hospital.  The WDHS (Hamilton Hospital) Emergency Department must be called on 5551 8222 ahead of your arrival so that the Emergency Department can be prepared for you.
    – Horsham testing clinic – details below:

Stay informed – download the official government “Coronavirus Australia” app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, or join our WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.

Know the symptoms

It is important that you can recognise the symptoms and how COVID-19 is transmitted. Reported symptoms include:

  • Fever (> 38 degrees C)
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

The Federal Government’s Department of Health says transmission of COVID-19 may still be infectious up to 24 hours before symptoms appear and until at least 24 hours after symptoms resolve.

Use the Victorian Government’s Department of Human and Health Services (DHHS) self-assessment tool if you are unsure or concerned about COVID-19

Wimmera Primary Care Partnership have provided a list of handy contact numbers which may be useful to you during this uncertain time: COVID-19 Support Contacts April 2020

Epidemiology is is the study of how often diseases occur in different groups of people and why.  This is the Link to the current up to date epidemiology data for Coronavirus through DHHS.  (this may take a moment to load) Up-to-date epidemiological data  

Support for Mental Health during Covid19:

Beyond Blue has a dedicated support service regarding mental health during Covid19 including a 24/7 hotline 1300 100 266- visit:https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au
We are also able to provide free access to a range of mental health support services including:
– Psychologist
– Social Worker
– Rural Outreach Worker
– Headspace Horsham for young people

Other resources:

Practice good hygiene

The best way to protect yourself, your friends and family is to practice good hygiene, particularly for your hands and for your lungs.

We suggest:

  • Washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds or more or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you enter or exit a space.
  • Be sure to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a disposable tissue and discard. Alternatively use your elbow only if you must.
  • Try not to touch your face, to minimise the virus entering your lungs.
  • Regularly wipe surfaces and objects (e.g. telephones, keyboards) with disinfectant, as contamination on surfaces touched by staff and visitors is one of the main ways that COVID-19 spreads. The virus can survive for several days on surfaces.
  • Practice social distancing, maintaining 1.5m of distance away from people and limiting handshaking. A wave or a bow are respectful alternatives.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • See a health care professional if you are unwell, and stay away from the workplace and other public places.

Taking these steps should be sufficient to address the main drivers of transmission:

  • Contact with contaminated surfaces
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Physical contact