COVID-19 Update

17 August 2020
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The Covid-19 pandemic has presented many serious challenges to all of us here in Greater Melbourne, Victoria and the whole country. The safety and health of our patients and staff is our priority.

Our clinic remains open during Stage 4 restrictions and we are still able to make new appointments and see new patients, especially if you have an urgent case such as a fracture or acute tendon rupture.

Additional precautions to ensure the safety and health of our patients and staff have been put in place. Equipment and surfaces are wiped down and cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectant throughout the day and at the end of each day.

Telehealth

Many appointments are conducted via videoconference or telephone although, where clinically necessary, a face-to-face appointment can be arranged.

Attending for your Appointment

Masks are compulsory throughout Melbourne and should be worn when visiting the clinic. Hand sanitiser is available for use on attending the clinic and we ask that you maintain social distancing while here.

Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible, as there are limits on the number of people we can have in the waiting room at one time.

Urgent Surgeries to Continue

The Victorian government placed restrictions on elective surgery in the private system from Monday 3 August 2020, ceasing all non-urgent surgeries including most joint replacements.

Urgent orthopaedic surgeries, such as for fractures, bone and joint infections, and acute tendon ruptures e.g. pectoralis, distal biceps, triceps, will still be permitted. All patients requiring urgent surgery will need to have negative Covid-19 swabs which we will arrange when required.

During the last lockdown, Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) subspecialty societies issued position statements regarding the types of surgeries that could continue, and these statements apply again. They can be found at the bottom of this page.

Getting in Touch

We are currently experiencing a higher than usual volume of calls.  To ensure we get your message as quickly as possible, we recommend you fill out the contact form on this website or email reception@orthoam.com.au

Future updates

As we are all aware, the situation changes rapidly and if recommendations change, our clinic will react to update its arrangements, with information updates posted here on our website.

Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 9928-6188, via the contact form below or email

Position Statements

SESA (Shoulder and Elbow Society of Austalia) COVID-19 Position Statement

AKS (Australian Knee Society) COVID-19 Position Statement

AOTS (Australian Orthopaedic Trauma Society) COVID-19 Position Statement

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