COVID-19 Update #19; 17 October 2021

As I understand it, there is no requirement to be fully vaccinated to attend a medical appointment. Therefore, while compliance with Public Health Orders is your responsibility, I will not require proof of double vaccination to attend an appointment at my practice.

QR code checkin, wearing a mask and hand sanitizing continue to be conditions of entry to my practice.

COVID-19 Update #18; 21 September 2021

A seven day lockdown comes into effect for the Byron Shire from 5.00 pm today, 21/9.

Under the description of ‘Authorised Workers‘, Registered Health Care Professionals in NSW are able to continue to treat patients requiring essential care.

The definition of ‘essential care’ is not entirely clear, but AACMA suggests as a guide “if in the absence of care, the patient’s condition could deteriorate to the point of requiring hospitalisation or suffering long term health effects”.

My practice is therefore currently open.

QR code checkin, wearing a mask and hand sanitizing continue to be conditions of entry to my practice.

COVID-19 Update #17; 16 August 2021

As you would know, the entire state of NSW went into lockdown yesterday at 5pm.  You can find more information on this here.

It is my understanding that under the description of Authorised Workers, registered health care professionals in NSW are able to continue to treat patients requiring essential care.

The definition of essential care is hard to find, but AACMA suggests as a guide “if in the absence of care, the patient’s condition could deteriorate to the point of requiring hospitalisation or suffering long term health effects”.

I am, therefore, re-opening my practice from tomorrow, 17 August. Please be aware that QR code checkin, wearing a mask and hand sanitising (or hand washing) are conditions of entry to my practice.

COVID-19 Update #16; 9 August 2021

NSW Health has today announced new restrictions for four LGA’s in Northern NSW, including the Byron Shire, coming into effect from 6:00 pm today, Monday 9 August.

In compliance with this stay-at-home order, my practice will be closed until Tuesday, 17 August.

I will, of course, keep abreast of developments and any further conditions introduced by NSW Health, and I will post here, advising of when I am re-opening my practice.

COVID-19 Update #15; 23 July 2021

The rules have changed regarding exemptions to the requirement to wear a mask.

If you cannot wear a face mask because of a disability, physical or mental health illness or condition, you must carry either

  • a medical certificate or letter signed by a registered health practitioner (such as a doctor) or a registered NDIS provider or
  • a statutory declaration.

A statutory declaration will require you to identify your disability, physical or mental health illness or condition and declare

  • you have the physical or mental health illness or condition or disability and
  • the physical or mental health illness or condition, or disability makes wearing a fitted face covering unsuitable

COVID-19 Update #14; 7 July 2021

The rules around check-in have changed. From 12 July, more businesses and organisations will need to have check-in set up at their premises. In compliance with the new NSW Health rules, I will ask you to use the QR code check in when you attend your appointment. To save your time at your appointment, please download the Service NSW App.

COVID-19 Update #13; 1 July 2021

IMPORTANT:
As of 26 June 2021, there are new restrictions in place across NSW. In accordance with these precautions, you must wear a mask when you attend your appointment. This is a condition of entry to my practice. Please be aware that the twelve hour notice of cancellation policy will apply.

If you have been in the Greater Sydney area, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour on or since 21 June 2021, you need to observe the new stay-at-home rules.

COVID-19 Update #12; 26 June 2021

From today, 26 June 2021, there are new restrictions in place across NSW. In accordance with these precautions, please wear a mask when you attend your appointment.

I will post updates in line with any new information from NSW Health.

COVID-19 Update #11; 27 May 2021

If you have been to Victoria since 12 May, please check the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services website regularly to see if you have visited any of these venues of concern.

If so, immediately follow the relevant public health advice.

Please do not attend your appointment if this applies to you, without first contacting me to discuss the matter.

Venues of concern continue to be identified and the associated advice for people who have attended them can also change in the rapidly evolving environment. It is important to check the website regularly to see if new venues of concern have been added and if the advice for people who have been to existing venues of concern has been updated.

COVID-19 Update #10; 31 March 2021

New locally acquired case in Byron Bay; enhanced COVID-safe measures apply.

NSW Health was notified overnight of a new locally acquired case of COVID-19 in northern NSW and enhanced COVID-safe measures will apply to the local government areas of Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council and Lismore City Council from 5pm today (Wednesday).

While urgent investigations and contact tracing are ongoing, NSW Health is adopting a cautious approach to minimise the risk of further transmission.

As of 5pm today, Wednesday 31 March, the following rules will apply to the local government areas of Tweed Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Byron Shire Council and Lismore City Council:

  • Mask wearing will become compulsory on public transport, in retail stores, and in all public indoor settings
  • the one person per 4 square metre rule will apply at all public indoor settings including hospitality venues
  • the number of household visitors will be capped at 30 including holiday rental properties.

These restrictions will remain in place until 11:59pm on Monday 5 April, when the community will be updated.

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