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IMPORTANT (COVID-19) – How does this affect you?

As we continue to adapt our response to the changing COVID-19 recommendations within our state, there are now screening measures and pre operative requirements in place for all patients, staff, doctors, carers/support people and contractors.

IMPORTANT PATIENT PRE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Please check the pre admission requirements at the specific hospital you are scheduled to have your procedure performed (refer hospital list below):

Oromax Day Surgery

Important - Pre Admission Requirements

Upon arrival to the facility you will be asked to wear a surgical grade mask (supplied by the Oromax) in lieu of any cloth/reusable masks you may have.

Effective from Monday 17 January 2022, all patients having surgery (regardless of their vaccination status and reason for admission) will be required to undertake an on site rapid antigen test (RAT) prior to admission. You will be asked by reception staff upon arrival to register your details via QR code to register and confirm your details.

Although a PCR test performed at a recognised external testing facility (e.g. Clinpath or SA Pathology drive through) within 72 hours prior to admission is no longer a requirement prior to surgery, we will still accept a negative PCR result in lieu of performing the on site RAS.  Staff will confirm your requirements prior to admission and testing, however please let staff know if you have a recent negative PCR test result with you when you arrive.

We also strongly encourage all patients to minimise community interaction and to reduce community movement leading up to the admission date/time.

Following your on site rapid antigen test, if you test +POSITIVE it is very likely that you have COVID-19.  If this occurs then your surgery will be postposed.  You must then isolate immediately and your test result will be forwarded automatically to Clinpath laboratories (who will liaise with SA Health) who contact you with further instructions and support.

Carers and visitors will not be allowed into the facility if unvaccinated or only have 1x vaccination.

Before attending, visitors and patients must also ensure that they have not attended any of the listed exposure sites currently identified by SA Health. Please check exposure sites before visiting  SA Health exposure sites

Consultations

Our preference is for all patients to be vaccinated, however at this stage our clinic will continue to provide a service to all patients regardless of their vaccination status. Patients will however still need to adhere to the COVID-19 screening processes in place at the facility (refer below).

COVID-19 Screening processes

• All patients must QR code upon entry to the facility.
• Patients must produce evidence of vaccination status on arrival at the facility (Patients should download a copy of this onto their phone or provide a hard copy).
• Carers will not be allowed into the facility if unvaccinated or only have 1x vaccination.
• No visiting children under 12 years of age will be allowed into the facility.
• Patients will be asked  the following COVID19 Screening questions regarding possible symptoms:
Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath
Sore throat
Runny nose
Loss of smell
Loss of taste
Diarrhoea or vomiting
Headache
Muscle aches
• Where a patient reports any COVID-19 related symptoms during pre-admission screening then their procedure will be delayed.
• Only one parent/carer can accompany a paediatric patient; that parent or carer MUST be fully vaccinated.
• Appropriate social distancing practices should be observed by all persons in the facility.

How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub (at least 60%) or wash them with soap and water.
  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds and dry with a paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Maintain at least 1.5 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Make sure you follow good respiratory hygiene.
  • This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of used tissues immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.
  • If you are unwell with the symptoms of COVID-19, call your General Practitioner via phone if you need medical attention. They will tell you what steps you need to take including testing.
  • Wear a face mask (preferably surgical masks or N95 or KN95 masks)

Calvary Adelaide

Important - Pre Admission Requirements

Effective from 7 January 2022, all elective surgery cases are limited to category 1 and urgent category 2 cases as defined in the National Guidelines where a clinical risk assessment has determined there to be an urgent need to proceed.

If you are deemed clinically suitable to undergo surgery, you will be required to undertake an on site rapid antigen test (RAT) prior to admission.  A PCR test performed at a recognised external testing facility (e.g. Clinpath or SA Pathology drive through) within 72 hours prior to admission is no longer a requirement prior to surgery.

COVID-19 screening questions will be asked at both pre-admission and admission. Where a patient is identified as having risk factors, the admitting surgeon and / or anaesthetist will assess the patient, in conjunction with the hospital to determine whether the admission can proceed.

More information regarding your planned surgery should be sought from Calvary Adelaide  prior to admission, to ensure all necessary risk minimisation and preoperative steps have been followed.

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