LIKELY UPCOMING LIMITATIONS IN ELECTIVE SURGERY

It is with disappointment that we would like to flag likely upcoming surgery restrictions again. As case numbers explode, and epidemiological controls are ignored leading to no attempts to “flatten the curve” , Barwon Health is forced to clear wards out in preparation for a massive influ...

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ORTHOPAEDIC PATIENTS – “INDIRECT VICTIMS OF THE PANDEMIC”

This article appeared in the Washington Post. It highlights how COVID patients over running the hospital system has displaced other patients who need care. Unfortunately this is what has happened in Geelong when we were forced to care for a large percentage of unvaccinated COVID patients from Melbou...

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POLITICS AND PANDEMICS DON’T CHANGE!

As COVID continues to challenge us in 2022 here is a fascinating story from The Conversation USA about the intersection of politics, society and pandemics in the 1918 influenza pandemic. It describes some of the reactions to public health orders such as: “Theater and dance hall owners complain...

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MERRY XMAS FROM GEELONG ORTHOPAEDICS

We wish all our staff, hospitals and patients a wonderful and safe christmas and happy new year. We would like to thank everyone for their support and understanding in what has been another COVID crazy year! COVID of course is a virus and has no respect for human calenders, and we are expecting more...

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ELECTIVE SURGERY AT 75%

We are now operating at 75% of capacity. Unfortunately , Geelong is still considered a streaming hospital for Melbourne covid patients and we are now having our own spike of local cases. We were supposed to be operating at 100% this week but this has been delayed. We are trying our best to advocate ...

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ELECTIVE SURGERY AT 50%

We have been told we are allowed to operate on private elective patients at a level of 50% from this week. We are not entirely sure of the practicalities of this but we will work this out over the coming weeks with the hospitals setting the guidelines on how this will be measured. Unfortunately we [...

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Our practice manager working in the CFA

Our practice manager Lee is also a CFA volunteer. After the massive storm damage last week he was called out to help clear the roads. He spent hours chainsawing and clearing fallen trees from the local Bellerine area. We are all very grateful to those who volunteer to keep us safe from natural disa...

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ELECTIVE SURGERY STILL LIMITED

Currently elective surgery is limited to category 1 and 2a surgeries (urgent only) . We have not been notified when this will change from the department of health, or what parameters are being used, but we still have many COVID cases in ICU and a second peak is expected after lockdown easing. We exp...

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