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IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 – UPDATE EFFECTIVE 28 MARCH 2022

As a health provider, we are committed to the health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and the wider community. In light of the evolving COVID situation, we are continuing to review information from our professional body, the chief medical officer, and SA Health, and have implemented several strategies to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

We remain open for business and are currently accepting new referrals.

If your GP has provided you a referral to be seen, we ask that if possible this referral is forwarded to us by email: ent@calvariam.com.au or fax: 08 8239 0477.

 

GIVEN THE HIGH RISK NATURE OF ENT PRACTICE, PATIENTS ATTENDING FOR CONSULTATION WILL NEED TO FULFILL ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Fully immunized (2 doses) adult (age 16 and over) patients (with ONE carer who is fully immunized if dependent / elderly)
  2. Fully immunized (2 doses) children aged 12-15 accompanied by ONE parent/guardian who is fully immunized
  3. Unimmunized children under 12 years of age accompanied by ONE parent/guardian who is fully immunized
  4. Unimmunized patients (children age 12-15 and adults age 16 and over) with negative PCR test within 48 hours of attendance
  5. Unimmunized patients (children age 12-15 and adults age 16 and over) with negative Rapid Antigen test for the day of attendance (with evidence of this)

Our staff will request evidence of the above on presentation, and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

 

CURRENTLY THERE IS NO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTIVE IN PLACE FOR ELECTIVE SURGERY IN PRIVATE HOSPITALS, AND ALL SURGERY IS PROCEEDING.

Should this change, we will notify any of our affected patients.

 

SURGERY AFTER COVID 19:

Please note that COVID 19 is a respiratory tract illness. The risk of anaesthesia thus increases for 7 weeks following infection (based on US and UK data).

The current recommendation of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists is:

“post PCR confirmation of COVID-19 infection, non-urgent elective major surgery should be delayed for a minimum of eight weeks and nonurgent elective minor surgery for at least 4 weeks, provided the patient has returned to baseline function and is symptom free. “

IT IS IMPORTANT TO ADVISE US OF RECENT COVID INFECTION IF YOU ARE DUE FOR SURGERY, SO WE CAN RESCHEDULE SURGERY APPROPRIATELY AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE GUIDELINES, TO ENSURE YOUR SAFETY.

 

For General Practitioners: New referrals can be sent by secure messaging via Argus (argus@adelaideentspecialists.com.au) or Healthlink, (EDI: adelents) or by fax (08 8239 0477). Please feel free to contact us should you have any queries or wish to discuss urgent referrals.

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