COVID-19

Current as of 17th May 2021

CONTEXT

Coronaviruses 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 new disease, so there is no existing immunity in our community.  The virus can be spread through person-to-person transmission which most commonly happens during close exposure to a person infected with COVID-19, primarily via respiratory droplets produced when the infected person coughs or sneezes or touching door knobs or surfaces that have droplets from an infected person, then touching your mouth or face.

MITIGATING INFECTION RISK FOR COVID-19 AT PODIATRY@BELMONT

All standard infection control measures as outlined by A.Pod.A current infection control guidelines should be followed. Additional measures include:

  • A screening process to assess patients prior to attendance and prior to provision of home visits. (detailed below).
  • If you are unwell, have a runny nose, sore throat or fever, please reschedule your appointment by contacting us on 5243 0130.
  • The provision of alcohol-based hand rub (60 – 80% alcohol v/v ethanol or equivalent) at the waiting room entrance so patients (and staff) can decontaminate their hands as they enter.
  • All patients are requested to sign in with the QR code available throughout the waiting room.
  • Education of all staff on the importance of hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.  Podiatrists to complete Department of Health Infection Control Module “How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19″.
  • All podiatry practitioners and reception staff will wear a surgical mask and change masks at regular intervals.  It is the patients choice whether they would like to wear a mask.
  • Displaying posters and signage on COVID-19 symptoms and hand hygiene / respiratory hygiene around the practice.
  • Reception area surfaces and waiting room chairs to be wiped down in between clients.  Reception staff to wear gloves when wiping down surfaces.
  • Clients arriving to appointments are asked to arrive closest to appointment times as possible and to wait in the car and ring reception when they arrive, to minimise time spent in the waiting room.
  • Any staff with a fever, sore throat and cough should not attend the clinic and seek a COVID-19 test.
  • A sneeze screen has been installed at reception and markers have been placed on the floor 1.5 metres from reception desk for patients to remain behind.
  • All deliveries are left at the reception door and drivers are requested not to enter the building.

PODIATRY@BELMONT SCREENING PROCESS

Reception staff are to ask patients (when confirming appointments or making an appointment) whether they are unwell or awaiting a test result for COVID-19.

If the patient meets the above criteria:

Reschedule the appointment until feeling well or have results of testing.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Further information can be found on the Victorian Department of Health website.