- On April 17, 2020
AMA (NSW) President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim, is reminding people that they can and should still see their doctor during the pandemic lockdown if they have concerns for their health.
“It’s important to observe the physical distancing measures that are currently in force but it’s also important to note that seeing your doctor is still very much allowed.
“I would encourage anyone with concerns about their health to still see their doctor during this time – particularly when it comes to non-COVID-19 matters.
“We’ve seen some evidence of people, even with life-threatening conditions, not seeking medical help during the lockdown.
“Fear of contracting COVID-19 is understandable but most of us are doing the right things which is keeping overall risk of catching coronavirus low.
“Additionally, general practitioners and other specialists around the country are taking extra measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at their practices and at hospitals.
“So, please, don’t let COVID-19 prevent you from getting the medical care you would seek out under ordinary circumstances.
“Putting your health at risk for non-coronavirus reasons because you didn’t see your doctor won’t do you any good.
“And, if you have coronavirus symptoms, please make sure you get checked.
“Testing criteria in NSW are now very broad.
“But, if you do have flu-like symptoms, make sure your call your GP ahead of going to their practice.” Dr Lim said.
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