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Following from our ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ sector hub page. here are some additional COVID-19 resources…
How can people with disability stay safe with COVID?
Chemist, doctors’ surgeries and vaccine hubs are all offering boosters. Find out about getting a booster here or talk to you GP. For people who cannot receive their vaccinations at routine clinics, email your request to [email protected] if you live in the Hunter. Otherwise contact your local health district disability team.
Support workers should:
There is early medication that can be given to people who are at high risk if they catch COVID. Make a telehealth appointment with your GP as soon as you can to discuss
Discuss with your service providers and support workers
Use a rapid antigen test on yourself if you are worried you might have been exposed to COVID. There does not appear to be any guidance on the optimal time to use RAT but the viral load tends to be at it’s highest 2-3 days after exposure. Though you may wish to test beforehand.
If you have a positive RAT talk with your GP. As a person with disability, you might need access to early treatment. Waiting for PCR test result could delay early access.
If you cannot get to a PCR testing clinic contact your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.
Make yourself a COVID Kit with two weeks supply of everything. You might also arrange with friends, family or support to pick up items you might need and drop to your door.
Support person in hospital – If you need support from a familiar person – get in touch with the Patient Representative at your local hospital if you need someone to stay with you in hospital
Hunter New England Health REACH – Patient and Family Activated Escalation REACH is a system that is available across all hospitals in HNELHD, and can be used by patients, by their family members, or carers to raise concerns if you notice a worrying change in your condition or that of a loved one.
If you are not getting the support you need contact Covid Care in the Community (CCitC) email [email protected]
CCitC nurse 0402 990 266
7 days: 8am-4.30pm
Infection Prevention and Control
You can call the National relay service if you are: deaf, have hearing or speech impairment