Carnegie and Malvern Medical Centre is a traditional family practice, and committed to providing its patients with the highest standard of care for the benefit of each patient’s health and wellbeing. The clinic is just a short walk from Carnegie train station. Parking access is via the service lanes on Dandenong Rd/Princes Highway. The clinic is wheelchair accessible.

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available for eligible Medicare card holders. Please call us to enquire.

***Coronavirus (COVID-19)***

Coronavirus Hotline 1800 675 398

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.

The most recently discovered coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness.

Who is at risk?

We are still learning about this new virus. Early indications are that people over 65 and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart and lung disease are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Many people will suffer only mild symptoms those most at risk may experience severe symptoms. The most common symptoms include:

• Fever

• Breathing difficulties such as breathlessness

• Cough

• Sore throat

• Fatigue or tiredness.

How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 spreads through close contact with an infected person; mostly face-to-face or within a household. It cannot jump across a room or be carried for long distances in the air.

• Close contact means greater than 15 minutes face-to-face or the sharing of a closed space for more than two hours with a confirmed case.

• A close contact could include any person meeting any of the following criteria:

• living in the same household or household-like setting (for example, a boarding school or hostel)

• direct contact with the body fluids or laboratory specimens of a confirmed case

• a person who spent two hours or longer in the same room

• face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes with the case in any other setting not listed above.

How do I reduce my risk of contracting COVID-19?

• Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.

• Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.

• Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication ensure you have adequate supplies.

• Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.

• Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.

• Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.

• Get the flu shot (available April). This won’t protect you from COVID-19, but it will reduce your risk of getting the flu.

please refer to https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/staying-safe for more information


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