Taking Seriously Covid-19 - Keeping you safe

We would like inform you of some of the clinical changes, additional education, and procedural modification that we have implemented at East Gosford Podiatry.

These changes should reassure our patients, care staff and colleges that we can continue to offer our great Podiatry service while minimising the risk of infection and cross contamination of the Covid-19 Corona virus.

As always, our focus remains on providing the highest level of Podiatry care while adhering to all recommended health and safety standards.

Travel restrictions

None of our staff have been overseas in the past few months and, as per current Government restrictions, we won’t have any staff travelling overseas until this pandemic is over.  

Sterile procedure and hygiene

As per normal East Gosford Podiatry protocol, staff are wearing and using the correct PPE. We have sufficient levels of stock, including alcohol hand rub, to ensure these practices remain in place.

COVID-19 infection control training & information

All East Gosford Podiatry staff have completed the Australian Government Health Department Covid-19 Infection control training module. This is a training module provided by the Health department includes written theory, video demonstrations and a short examination at the end.

Changes in the clinic  

Within the clinic we have we have significantly increased our already high levels of safety and infection control to keep our patients and staff safe. Changes include:

  • Patients are screened on entry to our clinic and a request to completed a health declaration. This declaration discussed overseas travel within the past 14 days, contact with people known to have the Covid-19 virus, the presence of Corona symptoms and general health.
  • Displaying signs at the entrance and reception reminding people to not enter if they are unwell, or have come from overseas in the last 14 days.
  • We have made adjustments to our waiting room including creating a hand washing station and introducing the use of disposable gloves by patients for the duration of their visit.
  • Our waiting room chair numbers have been decreased from 7 down to 4 chairs.
  • Requested that friends and family of the patient stay outside the clinic – to ensure that we have sufficient space to provide correct distancing requirements.
  • Letting the fresh air into the Clinic by having an ‘open door’ policy.
  • We have increased the frequency of our already high level of cleaning and disinfecting of all areas.
  • Further Increasing the frequency of hand cleaning/ protection of both admin team members and Podiatrists.
  • We have temporarily removed the magazines, toys and water fountain from the waiting room and closed the lending library to avoid contact.

We appreciate your continued support as we continue to provide our comprehensive Podiatry service. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the clinic on 4325 0600.

Stay safe and well,

Andrew Martin, Tim Ghantous
 and the East Gosford Podiatry team.

What is Covid-19 Corona Virus? 

Corona viruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new form of coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China. Other coronaviruses include Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). 

 What are the Symptoms?

The Australian Health Government has provided information on the Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.

People with coronavirus may experience:

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath

If you are concerned you may have COVID-19:

How it spreads?

The virus can spread from person to person through:

  • close contact with an infectious person (including in the 24 hours before they started having symptoms)
  • contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
  • touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face

COVID-19 is a new disease, so there is no existing immunity in our community. This means that COVID-19 could spread widely and quickly.

Who is most at risk

In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are:

  • travellers who have recently been overseas
  • those who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • people in correctional and detention facilities
  • people in group residential settings

People who are, or are more likely to be, at higher risk of serious illness if they get the virus are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • people 65 years and older with chronic medical conditions
  • people 70 years and older
  • people with compromised immune systems

At this stage the risk to children and babies, and the role children play in the transmission of COVID-19, is not clear. However, there has so far been a low rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases among children, relative to the broader population.

There is limited evidence at this time regarding the risk in pregnant women.

Protect yourself and others

 

Everyone must do the following things to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect those who are most at risk.

Covid19 Handwashing