Like everyone else, we are watching the coronavirus outbreak unfold with a mixture of fear and surrealism. There is a very real risk an unconfined, untreatable outbreak in Australia. We are still seeing and treating patients with elective and urgent musculoskeletal problems and will continue to do so unless advised by the public health authorities to cease elective surgery and consulting. We have not been made aware of any patients with COVID-19 on the peninsula.
When practical, we recommend you participate in ‘social distancing’ - ie avoid handshakes and other unnecessary contact, and try and maintain a 1 metre distance to the person next to you. We have modified our waiting room to avoid overcrowding, which may result in patients being asked to wait in another area or in their car. We have also requested that patients limit the number of people they bring to their consultation if possible. We request that patients (and/or their support persons) DO NOT attend a consultation if: 1) they have a fever 2) they have symptoms of a respiratory tract infection (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat etc) with or without fever, AND have travelled overseas in the last 14 days 3) they have come into contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days We also remind patients that as of Monday 16th March, ALL new arrivals to Australia from overseas countries will require to self-isolate for 14 days regardless of whether they have symptoms. We now have Telehealth consultations available. Please contact reception on 0484739550 for further details.