Latest update 9 May 2022
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Visting the Western Australian Plastic Surgery Centre
Our priority is keeping our staff and you – our patients – safe. Please read our current guidelines below before you come to our centre.
You should also follow any screening and check-in requirements outlined at the entry points of St John of God Hospital Subiaco and St John of God Wexford Medical Centre.
From Friday 29 April 2022, please follow these guidelines:
- Strictly only patients permitted to enter:
- Patients who are minors, patients living with a disability who require support, or patients who require language support, may be allowed one (1) visitor to accompany them.
- All other visitors should remain outside our practice.
- Wear a face mask at all times – this is for our protection and yours.
- Sanitise your hands.
We ask for your cooperation with any requests made by our team, based off current state advice and guidelines. Please note these guidelines may change at any time.
All our staff are trained and dedicated to serve you and you will be treated with courtesy and respect at all times. In return, we ask that you and anyone that you bring with you to the centre treat our administrative and clinical staff with the same courtesy and respect.
We have a zero tolerance approach to any verbal, aggressive and violent abuse and behaviour towards our staff or other patients. We respectfully advise you that any abusive, intimidating, aggressive or violent behaviour will not be tolerated. This includes refusing to cooperate with any requests made by our team.
If a patient or anyone a patient brings with them to the centre is abusive, intimidating, aggressive or violent towards our staff and/or other patients, they will be asked to leave the centre immediately.
Who can’t come to the centre?
To ensure your own safety and that of others, we ask that you do NOT come to our centre:
- If you have tested positive with COVID-19 and are currently required to isolate.
- If you are currently required to isolate as a close contact and/or have had contact with someone who is unwell, has confirmed COVID-19 or is in isolation due to possible COVID-19.
- If you are unwell in any way, including with a sore throat, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell or cough.
- If you are unvaccinated and have returned from overseas travel in the last seven (7) days prior to your appointment.
Can I bring others to my appointment?
As a general rule, no.
For surgical patients, we understand a support person may wish to attend during your initial appointment with our Specialist Plastic Surgeons – please contact us in advance to confirm this is possible.
For all other appointments, including post-operative visits and hand therapy, if you can be dropped off while your support person waits for you outside the centre, it would be appreciated.
Injury managers, rehabilitation consultants, insurance company representatives and employers may not be permitted to enter at this stage. We hope to lift this restriction soon.
We encourage all West Australians, including our patients, to be vaccinated. The team at the Western Australian Plastic Surgery Centre is fully vaccinated.
For patients who cannot get vaccinated, or cannot wear a mask due to medical reasons, we will continue to provide right of entry and service. As WA has reached a very high COVID caseload environment, our centre reserves the right to deny right of entry and service to unvaccinated patients who represent a greater health risk to others, including the immunocompromised and those who cannot be vaccinated. In these instances we will seek to make Telehealth or other arrangements to assist unvaccinated patients requiring acute or urgent care.
Our surgeons are continuing face-to-face consultations however, if you are unvaccinated and if appropriate for your care, our surgeons encourage Telehealth consultations via video-conferencing (e.g. Coviu, Skype, Zoom, Facetime etc) or telephone for when video-conferencing is not available.
Please contact us to discuss whether a Telehealth consultation will be suitable for you.
If you are scheduled to receive a vaccination, we recommend patients have a minimum of 14 days before or after a procedure with us and a vaccination. This is due to the fact vaccination can cause mild side effects such as fever or lethargy. If this is identified before a procedure, it may have to be cancelled. And if after a procedure, it may make recovery more difficult.
And the same guidelines apply to having the seasonal flu vaccination.
Recent Overseas or Interstate Travel
We urge all patients to follow the Government’s guidelines, including self-isolation following the return from any recent overseas or interstate travel. Please visit the WA Department of Health website for more information or call the National Coronavirus helpline on 1800 020 080.
If you have surgery planned, it is strongly recommended you do not travel with a return date less than four (4) weeks prior to your surgery date.
When Can I Undergo Surgery?
Patients with acute injuries requiring immediate surgery will generally have their surgery performed on the same day of their injury or soon thereafter, depending on the severity of the injury.
For elective surgeries, the WA Public Hospital system (including Public Private Partnership hospitals such as St John of God Midland) and Private Hospital system have resumed all elective surgery as of Friday 6 May 2022.
If your surgery is cancelled due to restrictions, illness or self-isolation of you or your surgeon, or if the hospital cannot operate on you, we will offer you the opportunity to reschedule your surgery to a later date.
COVID-19 Testing Before Surgery
At the hospitals we operate in, patients may be required to have a COVID-19 test before their upcoming surgery. You will be advised if this is a requirement, either by our centre or by the hospital where your surgery is planned.