Keeping our patients safe from COVID-19
Your Health and Safety is our Priority...
As lockdown restrictions are being lifted and countries re-open, you may be concerned about the risk of you and your loved ones contracting COVID-19 infection. We want you to know that at Quality Care Medical Centre we are practicing measures to protect the health and safety of our staff, patients and their families.
However, kindly note that you must play your part in stopping spread. Please call the office for advise if you have the following symptoms: fever, cough & cold, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches, fever and rash, vomiting & diarrhea & belly pains (like gastroenteritis), loss of taste or smell. DO NOT VISIT UNEXPECTEDLY. We will speak with you via phone. You may also call the COVID-19 Hotline number at (246) 536-4500.
Do you have a chronic disease or ongoing illness?
If you have chronic diseases like Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Cancer and other ongoing disease conditions, you should seek follow-up care to ensure that your health status remains optimal. We encourage you to call ahead and book an appointment as we aim to limit the number of persons and reduce wait times especially for our vulnerable group of patients. In some cases we can arrange a telemedicine consultation.
It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious or low mood during a crisis. We are facing a Public Health Crisis right now and persons may feel isolated, afraid or stressed. We do not know when this will end, so we have to develop coping strategies. Embrace a hobby. We are social creatures, though physically distant, you can still keep in touch with family and friends virtually. Practice good sleep hygiene, healthy eating and keep physically active.
Important Note: If your symptoms and stress levels become overwhelming, please call the office to set up an appointment or walk in. You can also call the COVID-19 Hotline at (246) 536-4500 for guidance on mental health support.
Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent or treatment to cure COVID-19 infection, so you must reduce your risk at becoming exposed to the virus. Behavioural strategies make a difference. Limit visits to public places, practice frequent hand washing, sanitize hands as a temporary measure until soap and water for hand washing is accessible, always wear a mask in settings where there are other persons, stay at home when sick with flu-like symptoms and maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet for persons that are not part of your household.
The Virus needs a human host to remain alive and spread to others. If you become symptomatic or sick, immediately isolate yourself from others. Call your doctor or the COVID-19 Hotline. In the event you may be infected unknowingly, you can avoid being a “super-spreader” if you observe and practice the Public Health Recommendations: wear masks, maintain social distancing, frequent hand washing and sanitizing, stay at home if you do not need to be out. Stay away from others when possible, since people can spread the virus even before they know they are sick.
Help stop the spread with responsible and proactive actions!
For local updates visit: https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/covid-19/
For regional information visit: https://carpha.org/What-We-Do/Public-Health/Novel-Coronavirus
Other sources of information include: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019