New COVID-19 Procedures from 15th December 2021

To our valued patients,

With Tasmanian borders opening from 15th December 2021 and the anticipated community spread of COVID-19, we must take measures to keep our practice, staff and patients safe and take every measure possible to keep COVID-19 out of our facility.

Our practice cares for many patients who are vulnerable and immunosuppressed as well as young children not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.

To date, Public Health Tasmania has not been able to provide any guarantee that we would not be required to close the Practice for up to 14 days for quarantining should a positive case enter the building, which would obviously severely impair our ability to provide medical care to our patients.

As such we will be implementing the following procedure from 15/12/2021.

  • All patients will be screened before entering our facility.
  • Surgical masks are to be worn by all patients (apart from very young children) whilst in our surgery. We encourage our patients to supply their own.
  • Patients with respiratory symptoms are required to undergo COVID-19 testing as soon as possible and will be initially offered a phone consultation awaiting the result, with a follow up face-to-face appointment at the discretion of the treating GP.
  • Patients unvaccinated against COVID-19 will still be seen, initially by phone and if a face-to-face appointment is required ( at the discretion of the GP) they will be asked to wait in their car upon arrival and will by seen by a GP in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

We understand this may pose some challenges for our patients and appreciate your co-operation as we continue to provide care in a safe environment in these challenging times.