Current at 02.04.20
At this time, Peninsula Eye Centre REMAINS OPEN and continues to provide essential eye care services to our community. Please note however, as announced by the Australian Prime Minister on 25th March, elective surgery in both public and private settings must cease from 1 April, except for urgent cases. For our patients this means all non-urgent eye surgeries, including cataract surgeries, will temporarily cease from 1 April until further notice. Patients requiring eye assessments for future cataract surgery can continue to be seen at our clinic at this stage.
At Peninsula Eye Centre, we take the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak very seriously and are taking additional protective measures to ensure the health and safety of our patients, team members and the wider community. We are monitoring the situation very closely and will continue to act under the guidelines from the Australian health authorities and RANZCO.
We have implemented the following precautions to prevent the spread of the virus:
Increased Infection Control Procedures
In addition to our regular high standard of infection control & sterilisation, we have implemented the following:
- Increased sanitation of hard surfaces in highly trafficked areas such as reception, waiting areas, clinical and consulting rooms
- All clinical and consulting rooms are sanitised after every patient
- Patient seating in the waiting areas has been spread out
- Protective screens installed at reception
- Slit lamp shields installed
- Additional hand sanitisers are available to be used in waiting area, reception, clinical and consulting rooms
- Removal of magazines & books
- Removal of coffee and tea cups and replaced with single use, disposable cups
Team Members’ Health & Safety
- Team members must stay home if they are showing any signs of illness, even if mild, and will not return to work until it is deemed safe to do so by their doctor.
- All team members are having their temperature measured at the forehead upon entering the workplace.
Limiting Traffic Inside the Clinic
- We advise that only scheduled patients will be allowed into the consulting rooms and clinical areas and ask that support people (unless required for interpretation or mobility assistance) and family members don’t enter the clinic unnecessarily. We are happy to phone a support person to return to pick up the patient, if needed, at the conclusion of the appointment.
- At certain times, patients may be asked to wait in their cars instead of the waiting areas. We will call patients by phone to let them know when it is their turn to be seen.
As has been the case since the start of the outbreak, we request that anybody who:
- has been overseas recently, or
- has been in contact with anybody who is ill, or
- shows any of the known symptoms of:
- shortness of breath
- sore throat
refrains from visiting the clinic for 14 days and to call to reschedule your appointment.
We are calling patients one day prior to their appointment and asking the above questions. In addition, all patients are now asked to sign a declaration form upon entering our clinic to confirm the above points, prior to being seated. Also, all patients are required to have their temperature measured at the forehead by staff as a condition of their appointment.
We appreciate your full cooperation in this matter and thank you for continuing to help us maintain a safe and healthy environment.
For information on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), call the Australian Government’s National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.