Health Hints

Hospital Admission

If you are admitted to hospital, the following advice may be helpful:

  • Leave any valuables (rings and other jewellery etc.) at home.
  • Don’t forget basic toiletries (toothbrush, deodorant etc.).

Visiting Hyde and Partners

To make your visit with us as productive as possible, please bear the following in mind:

  • Check your medication supply and book into your doctor a fortnight before you are due to run out.
  • You may not always get an appointment on the same day.
  • Check you have a referral before making specialist appointments. Specialist referrals are only valid for 12 months unless stated otherwise.
  • If you require a referral you will be required to make an appointment with the doctor.
  • To save yourself waiting time at the surgery, please let our reception staff know if you require a longer appointment (standard appointments are 10-15 minutes).
  • Write a list of problems and medications required before visiting your doctor.
  • Don’t forget to bring your Medicare Card and Health Care Card / Pension Card along with you to the appointment.
  • Please try to be on time for your appointment; delays hold up all the patients booked in after you. Let the practice know if you are running late or want to cancel, otherwise a nonattendance fee applies.
  • Medicare cheques have a life of 90 days; please send or bring them into the practice when first received to save confusion.

Your Medical Cabinet

    • Soluble Aspirin Tablets: (For adults) Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.
    • Paracetamol mixture: For relief of fever or pain in young children.
    • Cough linctus or lozenges: For dry or painful coughs — but not coughs caused by common colds.
    • Vapour Rub: Add to hot water for steam inhalations. Also useful for children with stuffy noses or dry coughs, rub on the chest and under the nose.
    • Antiseptic solution: One teaspoon diluted in warm water for cleaning cuts and grazes.
    • Antiseptic Cream: For treating painful or septic spots, sores in the nose and grazes.
    • Rehydration Sachets: For treatment of diarrhoea.
    • Ointment for Bruises and Sprains: If used as soon as possible after the injury, helps prevent stiffness and pain.
    • Dressing Strips and Non-Allergic Tape: For minor cuts.
    • 75mm wide Crepe or Elasticised Tubular Bandage: To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints.
    • Cotton Wool: For cleaning cuts and grazes.
    • Thermometer: For fevers. The infrared models used in the ear are especially useful for children, and more reliable.
    • Tweezers/Scissors: For removing splinters.
    • Hot & Cold Packs: Treatment of bruising, relief of joint pains.

UPDATE: There have been PBS changes from 1 June 2020 regarding opioid prescribing. Please book with your regular GP to discuss how these changes will affect you.

HAVE YOU TESTED POSITIVE TO COVID-19?

If you have recently tested positive to COVID-19, please read this patient information.

COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Before calling our clinic or booking an appointment with your GP, please take a moment to read through these Frequently Asked Questions. They have been developed to help answer some general questions you might have about COVID-19.

Coronavirus Health Alert

The threat level of COVID-19 in South Australia is escalated. For the safety of our patients and staff, we encourage telephone appointments (where possible).

If a face-to-face appointment is required, it will be time-limited, and we request that all patients wear a face mask while in the clinic.

We have a COVID-19 triage process in place, and you may be requested to wait outside or in your vehicle.

We also observe social distancing >1.5m and limit the number of patients in our waiting room.

If you have symptoms of the flu, a cold, or a loss of sense of smell or taste, then a COVID-19 test is necessary. Please refer to the SA Health website for a list of COVID-19 respiratory clinics and testing centres.

If you are unwell and have respiratory symptoms, please ask for a telephone appointment with a GP, and a safe review will be arranged.

The Government has restricted Medicare GP telehealth items to circumstances where a patient has COVID-19 and/or is a close contact and is required to quarantine or isolate under a state directive, or where there is an existing relationship with a general practice (i.e., the patient has visited a GP in the practice face-to-face in the last 12 months), children aged under 12 months, or patients who are homeless. Please be aware that a private fee may be incurred for telephone or video consults.