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Coronavirus Update

25 March 2020 No Comment

Updated Wednesday April 15, 2020

First let me say that my thoughts are with any of you who may be affected by this virus at the moment or have family members affected or at risk. I have a high risk relative in my 94 year old Grandmother who has bad lungs and would not survive this virus. Let’s all do everything we can to stop it spreading.

I just wanted to update you on my clinic’s operating hours at this time.

Looking after your health at a time like this takes on greater importance than ever, and we take your health very seriously. As such we will be staying open and operating normal business hours for you.

With the current concerns we would like to reassure you that we are following WHO updates daily with respect to minimising the spread of the virus.

The Government has also closed a number of businesses. Private healthcare practices such as ours are exempt from this. Therefore, we will continue to be open as per our normal hours of operation, until further notice.

We understand that some patients are choosing to remain at home and reschedule existing appointments in an effort to align with social distancing. In this instance please ensure you notify us if you will be not be attending. Please contact us if you would like to explore the option of a skype consultation. I can diagnose what is going on, and give you advice about how to get out of pain and am happy to do this any time for you.

This is an evolving situation and we will keep you updated as things change. Our priority is to always ensure the health and safety of our amazing patients and team.

We will be regularly changing all linen between appointments, and using antiseptic wipes and santisers, as well as good old fashioned soap and hot water. This is to escalate our already stringent hygiene procedures.

Please remain calm and resilient in these difficult times. It is often the fear of the unknown that fuels anxiety contagion. We are all in this together and will be more resilient to the stress it brings if we keep the lines of communication open.

Modern humans have an inherited herd mentality, and its influence is being felt throughout society today. We simply want to feel safe and prepared. But this is not a time to be inconsiderate. Don’t think you’re the exception. Don’t do things that benefit you, at the expense of others.

The goal now is to flatten the curve.
⁃ To slow the spread of the virus until our hospitals can handle them.
⁃ To prevent the unnecessary spreading of the virus.
⁃ To prevent unnecessary overloading of medical professionals, emergency services, and other critical infrastructure, so that the people who actually need it can access it.

No one individual can accomplish this by themselves, but each of us, acting rightly, collectively, can make a big difference. Now is the time to offer compassion, support and gratitude for our communities and loved ones.

This too shall pass. In the meantime, above all, be kind — to each other and yourselves.

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