As the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic continues in Victoria, The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath is urging Gippslanders to look after their physical health and mental wellbeing.
Ms Bath said while physical distancing has become the ‘norm’ as people are required to limit social interactions, it is imperative for Gippslanders to maintain their regular health appointments.
“During stressful times continuity of care and self-care remain important,” said Ms Bath.
“Our Gippsland health care professionals are working very hard to best protect your health and wellbeing.
“Be assured it is safe to attend your General Practitioner or health care provider for regular appointments.
“If you are concerned about potential risks and changes to protocols, call ahead to gain an understanding of the COVIDsafe protocols to be followed upon arrival.
“In addition to maintaining routine medical care, it is also important for Gippslanders not to ignore acute symptoms and seek emergency medical care as required.
“Medical professionals have suggested that some people are delaying calling triple zero in response to stay at home directives.
“It is vital not to neglect symptoms.
“Our hardworking healthcare workers in Gippsland are highly skilled at managing an array of health ailments and I encourage you to seek consultation and treatment as normal.
Ms Bath said reports of older people delaying presenting to hospital in Australia wide is concerning.
“Physical distancing and stay at home orders do not translate to putting off seeking medical advice,” said Ms Bath.
“While the coronavirus pandemic is receiving much attention, it is equally important to continuing receiving care for all health conditions.
“Now is not the time to be stoic and delay your next health care appointment.
“Whether you experience a small ailment or health emergency, I am urging Gippslanders to seek treatment.”