On March 11th 2020 the W.H.O classified the COVID-19 as a worldwide pandemic. The situation is evolving rapidly with different guidelines being issued by respective governments around the world.
In view of this, our clinic is trying to adapt to these events by balancing the medical needs of our patients to the safety and well-being of patients in the clinic and our staff.
COVID -19 Testing
We can arrange private rapid Covid -19 testing for those who require a certificate for travel, fitness to return to work or concerned about their symptoms. This can be done as a blood, nose/throat swab or saliva test. It is mandatory to have a phone consultation with one of our doctors to assess if you are suitable for this test first. Please contact the clinic for further information.
In addition, we have set up teleconsultations via Zoom
Teleconsults would be suitable for;
1-Those who have travelled anywhere in the past 14 days and present with any respiratory symptoms (sore throat, cough, runny nose) with or without a fever or anyone who has been in close contact with them. For such patient you are advised as per Centre of Health protection Hong Kong to self-isolate at home for 14 days.
2-We can arrange home testing of COVID-19 . This is only after a consultation with a doctor to assess if it is suitable for you.
3-Those who wish to seek medical advice, but do not wish to attend the clinic due to personal circumstances.
4-As always skype consultations continue to be available for psychiatrist or psychologist.
For further information regards the above services please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a deep breath and carry on.
Dr Lily Wong
Due to the prolonged COVID-19 situation and pandemic spread we understand a lot of patients have concerns about coming in person to the clinic. They may also have come back from countries where the virus is spreading. Although we are screening our appointments we appreciate some patients would like a virtual consultation from their home or work. As such we will be rolling out the ability to have Zoom consultations with our doctors. A lot parents will be familiar with the app which is available for iOS/Android and Windows PC/Macs. Please contact us by telephone or email for more details. Consultation fees will be the same as a standard clinic appointment.
February has been a challenging month for most of us. It’s been over 1 month since the Coronavirus (COVID -19) first hit Hong Kong. Being highly contagious, the mortality rate of the virus is estimated at 2% in the epicenter of the outbreak, Hubei province, but thankfully this figure is much less elsewhere. Putting this into context, SARS had a death rate of more than 10%, so although the COVID-19 might be highly contagious, it is definitely less deadly.
However, as there is no vaccine to date and with the uncertainty of when the virus will subside, or indeed where it will spread to next- it’s not surprising that many people will feel anxious about the current situation. Added to the fact that Hong Kong has seen some pretty turbulent times with the protests last year and now with the disruption caused by the virus from our daily routines, home schooling and fears over employment- it’s no wonder that some people feel emotionally distressed and drained.
However, apart from the standard government advice of good hand and personal hygiene and avoiding crowded areas, there is only so much a person can do to avoid exposure to the virus.
The best thing anyone can do in these situations is to take a step back, take a deep breath and try to look at ways to safe guard your own mental health and outlook on life to face the uncertain challenges that lie ahead. Here’s a couple of pointers that you might find useful.
On a side note, we will continue to implement the following preventive measures in the clinic to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff by:
Novel Coronavirus testing has just been made available to private clinics. This can be either by blood or nose and throat swab. The likelihood is that it will only be appropriate for testing of low risk patients. We will be providing our patients with more information once it becomes available.
In the meantime, stay calm, take sensible preventive measures and keep your self-updated with the latest information and advice via https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/index.html
Yours in Good health
Dr Lily Wong