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COVID-19 Policy

UPDATED SITUATION: 28th APRIL 2020

  • Elective surgery, including all cataract surgery, has been reinstated, albeit in a limited capacity
  • Consultations for non-urgent eye conditions can now re-start as per RANZCO Triage Guidelines
  • TELEHEALTH appointments continue to be available at KindSIGHT for those patients who wish to continue to self-isolate

REASSURANCE

  • At no point has a confirmed COVID-19 positive patient attended a KindSIGHT office
  • No KindSIGHT staff member has been unwell during the shutdown period or diagnosed with COVID-19 or privately come into contact with a COVID-19 postivie person to the best of their knowledge
  • Neither facility where Dr Smallcombe operates (RiverCity Private Hospital or Peninsula Private Hospital) has treated a COVID-19 positive patient to date
  • KindSIGHT remains committed to adhering to up to date guidelines provided by: Federal Government Department of Health, Queensland Health and RANZCO (Royal Autralian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists)

CLINIC PRECAUTIONS

  • Hand washing station at clinic entrance
  • Temperature screening (non-contact) upon arrival at reception
  • Screening for high risk patients through SMS text messaging and telephone calls
  • Availability of TELEHEALTH for non-urgent conditions and patients wishing to self-isolate
  • Practice appropriate social distancing at reception and in waiting areas
  • Signage in various areas of clinic: hand washing procedures; decreasing risk of COVID-19 spread; social distancing guidelines
  • Decompress the clinic waiting area / workplace: distancing chairs in waiting area; minimising number of accompanying people with patients; patients remaining in car until called on mobile phone for appointments
  • Minimal visitors ie. Company representatives to clinic
  • Staff infection control training: Hand hygiene; Respiratory hygiene / cough etiquette; Avoidance of touching eyes, mouth and nose
  • Scheduled frequent cleaning (hourly) of office space (reception and waiting room area including chairs), ophthalmic equipment and computers, with hospital grade disinfectants
  • Cleaning of all medical equipment including chairs, beds and medical technology, after every patient
  • Use of gloves when touching around patient’s face and eye area
  • Use of face masks during all procedures
  • Use of breath shields to limit droplet spread on slit lamps and other ophthalmic equipment where possible
  • Stock of ‘personal protective equipment’(PPE) in clinic for any suspected case of COVID-19