Don't delay your health appointments, it is safe to visit your doctor.
03 September 2020
Canberrans are being urged to keep their health care appointments and avoid neglecting their general health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ACT health care providers – general practitioners, psychologists, emergency departments and allied health professionals – are concerned that fewer Canberrans are presenting for health care due to fears of contracting COVID-19.
Whilst our commitment to reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19 must continue, general health and wellbeing should also be a priority.
Attending routine appointments – such as check-ups, immunisations and health screenings – is a vital step in supporting your health and wellbeing.
If you have a chronic health illness, it’s particularly important to keep your regular appointments and see your doctor/s.
Local medical clinics have put in place stringent measures to minimise the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 whilst visiting them.
These measures include strict hygiene and physical distancing measures across all ACT health services and limiting number of patients in certain settings.
Telehealth appointments may also be available. These appointments take place either online or over the phone instead of face-to-face. If you need a prescription, your doctor can usually issue this in a Telehealth consultation.
If you notice any unusual changes in your health, make an appointment to see your doctor right away. It is safe to do so.
Looking after your health and the health of your loved ones might look different in 2020, but it is still an important task.
Don’t put off getting medical help or attending health appointments because of COVID-19.