Coronavirus (COVID19) is a concern for us all. Here at Geelong Orthopaedics we are still working and caring for patients. We are happy to receive referrals.
We have been given permission to recommence elective surgery at 75% levels from 21st Sep. If there continues to be low rates of infection then we may increase this. If there is a 3rd wave, it may be cancelled again.
We appreciate your understanding and patience in this time of uncertainty and we apologise for what is a substantial delay to you- our patients.
The hospitals have varying levels of requirements for COVID testing prior to surgery. Currently DHHS is in the process of removing the requirement for testing in regional centres such as Geelong.
We have taken measures to reduce transmission including removing potential sources of transmission, telehealth, increased cleaning and increasing hand disinfectant availability for patients. We would appreciate your support in keeping our community as healthy as possible. If you have symptoms of a cold or flu do not come to our offices for an appointment until you are well. If you are in a lockdown zone and coming to us for care please notify us prior and we will arrange an alternative if possible. You must wear a mask when you visit us.
We urge the Geelong community to follow health advice. (https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/how-stay-safe-and-well-covid-19) If there is any chance of reducing community spread we must try, in order to maintain peoples health and livelihoods. Please maintain a social distance, wash your hands, do not undertake unnecessary trips into the lockdown zones, and wear a mask . If you are sick get tested and isolate until you know your result. Infection control; it is up to us.
The most up to date information can be found here at department of human services: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus . Stay healthy everyone and wash your hands and wear a mask! Only together can we keep winning!