Medical Alert: Wuhan Novel Coronavirus

In accordance with Australian Public Health advice, Colchester & Knoxfield Medical Centres ask that any individuals who begin experiencing respiratory symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) and have recently travelled to China or had contact with someone diagnosed with the novel coronavirus within the last 14 days call the medical centre or hospital before arrival so that the appropriate infection control measures can be put in place and people can be directed to the best place for testing and treatment.

If possible we advise travelling with a mask on.

This coordination between providers, hospitals, and public health is critical for our continued effort to best respond to and reduce transmission.

This is a rapidly changing situation both abroad and domestically, and we are still learning. Let’s remember this virus is identified within the past month and there is much we don’t know yet.

Where can I get more information?

Visit the Australian Government Department of Health homepage at www.health.gov.au

Call the Public Health Information Line on 1800 004 599.

Contact your state or territory public health agency:

  • ACT call 02 5124 9213 during business hours or (02) 9962 4155 after hours
  • NSW call 1300 066 055
  • NT call 08 8922 8044
  • Qld call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
  • SA call 1300 232 272
  • Tas call 1800 671 738
  • Vic call 1300 651 160
  • WA visit https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/ or call your local public health unit