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.
At the moment elective surgery is at 100% of capacity and we are working to try and address our backlogs. Currently a negative covid test is required pre operatively and then you need to self isolate. Geelong Hospital has been designated an overflow hospital for COVID cases from Melbourne and Barwon health is still in struggling with its staffing. We have had to deal with unvaccinated Melbourne patients, and now we are dealing with our locals, vacationers, mass events and school outbreaks. Another peak is here and affecting our lists at barwon health but so far we have managed to keep operating in private at SJOG and Epworth. We have had covid effect our administrative staff and our surgeons too forcing us to take sick leave and “juggle” appointments.
We appreciate your understanding and patience in this time of uncertainty and we apologise for what may be substantial delay to you – our patients.
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 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 get vaccinated and boosted, wash your hands, 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, wear a mask and get vaccinated! Only together can we keep winning!