Dr SMITH COVID 19 UPDATE

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Dr SMITH COVID 19 UPDATE

COVID 19 UPDATE 

The current COVID-19 (CoronaVirus) outbreak is escalating around the world. The numbers of potentially infected people have increased, and Australia has one of the lowest rates currently. The evidence, however suggests that this is NOT just a regular flu, but something that can potentially flood our hospitals with patients requiring ventilatory support. There are numerous examples now in highly developed countries such as Italy and France where there is a real risk fo health and life.

Dr Smith has examined all evidence and decided to instigate protocols to protect his past, current and new patients in light of evolving medical and scientific research.

Please read below at our plan to keep our patients, staff and families safe during this time.

COVID 19 UPDATE – WHAT ACTION ARE WE TAKING?

At this time, Dr Smith has decided to reduce patient traffic through the Orthopaedics360 rooms in Norwood, as well as his peripheral clinics at the Southern Specialist Centre, Central Districts Hospital, and Woodville. Where possible, many review clinic appointments will be arrange via phone, rather than require a visit into the clinic rooms. In the vast majority of times. Dr. Smith will still have access to your imaging online and be able to discuss this with you.

New patients will continue to be seen in the clinic, providing that there is no history of recent international travel in the past 14 days, or recent contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID 19. We also request that any patients experiencing respiratory symptoms, or have a fever, refrain from coming to their appointment. This can either be rescheduled or arranged over the phone. Dr. Smith and the team at Orthopaedics360 continue to practice excellent hand hygiene, and any unnecessary hand contact (ie hand shaking) will be avoided. We appreciate you understanding and support of this.

At this stage, Operative lists are continuing, and all immediate postoperative review appointments will be seen in our rooms as usual.

Our aim is to keep our patients, their families, staff and ourselves safe during this pandemic. There is no cause for panic, but a measured, and sensible response to decrease the risks to all patients is required.

We thank you for your understanding, and provide more detailed instructions below.

Please revisit this page as we will update this page as the situation evolves around us.

Protecting our patients and staff is our utmost responsibility and we hope you are understanding of these temporary measures, and continue to support Dr Mike Smith and Orthopaedics 360.

If you have any further questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact our rooms on 08 7099 0188 and speak to Kim, or contact us via email at smithadmin@orthopaedics360.com.au.

COVID 19 UPDATE – FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

If you have any concerns regarding COVID-19, please contact the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

 

 

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