- DOC 2020-04-24 Position Statement: Endocrine Surgery during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- DOC 2020-04-23 Restoration of Elective Surgery
- DOC 2020-04-08 Impact of COVID-19 - General Surgery Decision Tree_UPDATED
Message from Associate Professor Miller
Advice from the authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic is to avoid unnecessary travel and stay at home if possible.
Things are changing rapidly. This advice is current as of 1 April, 2020
We would like to minimize risk to you, and also to us, so we are taking the following steps:
- We are still working, and can look after conditions requiring urgent assessment and treatment.
- We are offering tele-health for most consultations, provided we can access your images.
- We will be deferring all non-urgent in-person appointments until current advice changes.
- For patients who must attend (for example, for an ultrasound or thyroid biopsy) we are scheduling consultations so that only one person is waiting at a time.
- The Women’s Hospital is screening everyone on entry with health-related questions and temperature checks.
- We are cleaning the rooms regularly and meticulously.
- We are offering “no gap” surgery to any patient suffering financial hardship, and requiring urgent surgery.
What you can do:
- Follow general advice to stay home, with frequent hand washing and social distancing when you must go out.
- Please be willing to utilize telehealth if we think it is appropriate.
- If you must attend the rooms, bring no more than one support person.
- Do NOT attend if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, under any circumstances.
- Use the provided hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the rooms.
Professor Miller and the executive of Australia/New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons (ANZES) have published a position statement defining which endocrine surgical conditions are considered urgent during the COVID-19 outbreak. This list may change as resources become more available, or less available. To read the ANZES Position Statement, click here.
We are all in this together, and we will get through it together. Please let’s all look after each other, and ourselves.