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COVID-19

At Mooroolbark Podiatry we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 virus situation and we are acting accordingly to the advice provided by the Department of Health and The Australian Podiatry Association.

As a result of an increase in Covid-19 cases, the Victorian Government have today announced a lockdown for all of Victoria, effective from 8pm tonight (Thursday 5th August).

In regards to allied health practitioners, The Victorian Government indicates that allied health professionals are considered essential when working in private or public community services, whether clinic or home-based to provide urgent clinical care.

Podiatrist must only treat face-to-face if providing urgent clinical care that cannot be delayed.

The definition of urgent clinical care for this purpose is:
Direct clinical care (and other clinical support activity necessary to support direct clinical care) that prevents a significant change or deterioration in functional independence necessitating escalation of care, OR is required as an adjunct to other urgent medical/surgical interventions.

For example, urgent clinical care;

  • that avoids a potential hospital admission or emergency department presentation
  • that prevents/delays the need for further specialist medical or surgical intervention
  • that prevents an increase in care needs that would necessitate additional carer supports or change in accommodation needs
  • that limits secondary complications post-surgery
  • where deferral would lead to long term adverse consequences (ie. delays to child development)

PLEASE CALL THE CLINIC (03) 8803 5700 TO DISCUSS YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR AN APPOINTMENT - OUR PODIATRIST WILL NEED TO CONDUCT A PRE- SCREENING

Other important things to note in this time:

* You MUST wear a face mask to your appointment

* Please maintain SOCIAL DISTANCING within the clinic

* PLEASE COME ALONE - unless you require a carer or parent

* Can you wait in the car before my appointment? Yes certainly we can arrange for you to wait in your car and call you in when we are ready

* Please use a CONTACTLESS method of payment and avoid CASH payments

Please contact our staff to reschedule your appointment for 14 days if:

·        You have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath

·        You or someone that you have been in contact with has recently diagnosed with COVID-19

·        You have visited a listed hot spot

·        You have received medical advice that you should remain in quarantine / self isolation

CONTINUED HYGIENE

As a health care provider, we are required to maintain an environment that is clean and free from bacteria and viruses. This is part of normal daily practice to prevent any harm to our patients or practitioners.

At the current time we are focused heavily on hygiene and have implemented these steps:

·        All patient contact surfaces are cleaned in between patients with disinfectant

·        Anti-microbial hand gel is provided to use on entry and exit of the treatment room

·        Instruments in contact with patients are sterilised and/or single use

·        Practitioners will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

·        Our waiting room chairs and surfaces are regularly cleaned with disinfectant

·        We have distanced the seating in waiting rooms to comply with social distancing

·        We have removed magazines and kids toys from waiting rooms

·        We are practicing social distancing. Please do not be offended when we keep our distance and do not shake your hand

Being part of the Mooroolbark Medical Centre our clients will also need to be screened by a nurse at the front door to gain access to the building
  • You will have your temperature taken and be questioned regarding symptoms and status of COVID-19

Please contact our staff with any questions. You will be asked to leave your details and a Podiatrist will contact you to answer your questions and determine whether you are eligible for treatment