General information



Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080

Call this line if you are seeking information on COVID-19. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please visit our Facebook page for more information. 


Case Definition (Victorian State Government)

As of 21 March 2020

People without symptoms should not be tested

Patients who meet at least one clinical AND at least one epidemiological criterion should be tested.

Clinical criteria

Fever*

OR

Acute respiratory infection (for example, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat)

Epidemiological criteria

Travelers from overseas with onset of symptoms within 14 days of return OR;

Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases with onset of symptoms within 14 days of last contact OR;

Healthcare workers and residential aged care workers meeting clinical criteria OR;

Aged and residential care residents meeting clinical criteria OR;

Patients who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people meeting clinical criteria

 

The following patients should also be tested

Patients admitted to hospital with fever* AND acute respiratory tract infection

Only confirmed cases should be notified. A confirmed case is a person who tests positive to a validated SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test or has the virus identified by electron microscopy or viral culture.

 

* >38 degrees, without another immediately apparent cause such as urinary tract infection or cellulitis


Attending Foster Medical Centre

Please call the clinic on 5682 2088 before arriving.

We will use the Case Definition above as a guide.

If you fulfill both clinical and epidemiological criteria above, refer to the COVID-19 hotline: 1800 675 398.

If you have trouble breathing, call 000.

For all others, make an appointment, stay in your car when you arrive, and call reception. A staff member will conduct a verbal assessment if appropriate.


Support

For trusted and up to date facts, including containment measures, funding packages, virus information, treatment and testing
Australian Government Department of Health www.health.gov.au
Vic Department of Health & Human Services www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
State Government Premier’s Office www.premier.vic.gov.au

 

Emotional support
Lifeline provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to online, phone and face-to-face crisis support and suicide prevention services. Find out how these services can help you, a friend or loved one.

 

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 (24/7)
We all have good days and bad days. Then there are those days when something isn't quite right, you've got something on your mind, or things just seem too much. Whatever it may be, sharing the load with someone else can really help. So no matter who you are, or how you're feeling, you can talk it through with us – we'll point you in the right direction so you can seek further support.

 

Friendline 1800 424 287
FriendLine is for anyone who needs to reconnect or just wants a chat.
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 (24/7)
Anytime, Any reason. Kids up to 25.

 

Suicide Call Back Line 1800 659 467 (24/7)

 

Family Violence Help Line 1800 737 732 (24/7)

 

Mensline 1300 789 978

 

Gippsland New Access Mental Health Coaching Program
Free, confidential, local. Hosted by Beyond Blue and Wellways)

 

Calm Kid Central
Children's mental health support free to Gippsland families www.calmkidcentral.com


Updates from the Clinic

1 April 2020 (continued)

UPDATE ON FLU CLINIC
For those patients who have got appointments for Saturday April 4:
It has been decided to do the flu clinic as a drive through service at the Foster Secondary School in front of the Gymnasium.
Please ...
1. Enter the bus loop by the Hoddle rd (Fish creek-Foster rd) entrance on Pioneer st.
2. Wear appropriate short sleeves for ease of access!
3. You will be given further instructions after the flu shot
4. And please. If you have an obvious fever and are unwell do not attend. Postpone. We will be doing further clinics. Seek medical help if required through the medical centre.


1 April 2020 

Please have a read of our article in The Mirror here


31 March 2020

BREAKING NEWS 

Foster Medical Centre has finally got more flu injections. We now have more spaces to fill on Saturday 4th April, at the South Gippsland Secondary School gymnasium.

 

Bookings are essential. Ring the Medical Centre on 56822088 for an appointment time.

 

To be clear…this is for ALL over 65 year old people only.

 

(We will do under 65 yo with chronic diseases another time. Watch this space).

28 March 2020

THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR ALL HOLIDAY MAKERS FROM THE LOCAL HEALTH SERVICES

We are in the midst of a major health crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our local medical centres and hospitals are reorganising and preparing to provide the best possible service for our local communities, to attempt to keep them as safe as possible. We have an aging local population who are of course more at risk.

We will not be able to do this with a huge influx of holiday makers coming from the cities. We have limited capacity, at all levels, and we will reach capacity very early in this crisis.

Premier Daniel Andrews said “… our message to every…Victorian remains the same: Stay at home, protect our health system, save lives”.

PLEASE, if you are a holiday maker, seriously consider whether you should be here at this time. Our plea is for you to go home, stay safe and come back when the pandemic is over.


27 March 2020

BREAKING NEWS: FLU SHOT CLINIC

We are taking bookings at the Foster Medical Centre for over 75 year old flu shots. We only have 100 spots available at present as we have limited stock. We do NOT have stock for anyone under 65 yo at this time. We will be holding the clinic at the South Gippsland High School Gymnasium, and thank them for making this space available, which will ensure social distancing and safety are both adhered to.

 

Date: Saturday 4th April
Time: you will be given a time at booking
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

 

Please continue to check the Foster and Toora Medical Centre website and Facebook pages for further announcements when more stock is available.

26 March 2020

A message from Manna Gum Community House

Hi everyone,

 

We are adapting our Emergency Relief service for home delivery to the Corner Inlet area, and are currently well stocked to provide for people who have been unable to purchase essential items from the stores.
For IGA, pharmacy and petrol vouchers we have a limited supply and it would require the client to come and meet with me and register with our ER service. Our office is reducing its opening hours to Tuesday and Thursday 10am-3pm as of next week, however the phone messages will be checked daily and we encourage anyone to call before coming in for Emergency Relief due to the rapidly changing situation we are in.

 

Best wishes,
Bec

 

Rebecca Matthews
Manager, Manna Gum Community House
33 Station Rd, Foster
Tel 5682 1101 Mob 0439 872 883
PO Box 176, Foster VIC 3960

 

**Access the Manna Gum Care Emergency Relief Service Form here ***

 

COVID-19 in Victoria

Keep track of the COVID-19 cases in Victoria here


23 March 2020

Please read our recent posting in The Mirror: COVID-19 Mirror Article


22 March 2020

Please do not underestimate the effect of social distancing.

A message from Victoria's Chief Health Officer, Dr Brett Sutton


21 March 2020

The Victorian State Government has updated the case definition of COVID-19. Have a look on the column to your left on this page. Continue social distancing and stay safe, everyone!