CNS Neurosurgery’s COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Current Rooms & Pre-Operative Protocol (2020)
Dear patients, doctors and IME clients/assessees,
We hope you are well and safe.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (9-5), for consultations and IMEs and emergency surgery, but our consultations are by telephone or Skype only (i.e., tele-health/tele-medicine), and not in-person. This will remain in effect until the infective ‘season’ is deemed to be over by AusGov authorities, which we anticipate will be at the end of this Australian winter.
We were one of the first Private surgical practices in Australia to adopt tele-consultations/tele-medicine nation- and world-wide seven years ago (2013), and we are in a very good position to continue offering this excellent and helpful service.
Our medical tele-consultations during this time, with the exception of Workers Compensation/Insurance/IME, will typically be bulk-billed until further notice. Our IMEs will be via Skype only.
In accordance with advice the Australian medical community has received broadly, please note the following:
If you have ANY of these symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Shortness of breath
AND/OR in the 14 days before getting sick travelled internationally,
OR had close contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having Coronavirus in the 14 days before getting sick….
PLEASE CALL OUR RECEPTION (02 9331 4998) IF YOU HAVE ANY APPOINTMENT/CONSULTATION QUESTIONS OR NEUROSURGICAL CONCERNS, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your symptoms are severe, please call ahead to your local hospital’s emergency department or present there.
For our surgical patients awaiting surgery, Dr Khurana specifically advises:
- Avoid crowds;
- Avoids anyone who has any of the above symptoms or any recent overseas travel history;
- Avoid touching your face with your hands;
- Practice “social distancing“, e.g., no hand-shakes; no greeting hug or kiss; keep around 2 metres away from people;
- Wash your hands regularly, and/or hand sanitise regularly and especially before eating;
- If you have any flu-like symptoms before your surgery, let us know (02 9331 4998);
- We are monitoring current hospital protocols and hospital staff health feedback;
- Your surgery may be postponed for any of the above reasons (beyond our control);
- Keep your travel arrangements flexible;
- Keep your nutrition optimal, including with a healthy diet, plenty of fluids and use multi-vitamins as needed;
- Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you when you leave home.
Stay safe and healthy, and thank you for your understanding and cooperation,
Dr Vini G. Khurana and CNS Neurosurgery staff
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