Dear Subiaco Foot & Ankle patients,

The COVID19 situation in Australia is ever evolving and we are living in challenging times. As you are aware there is community spread of COVID19 in Western Australia.

The safety of our staff, patients and their families along with continuing to provide quality expert care is our priority. Subiaco Foot & Ankle is employing the following measures to mitigate risk whilst living with community spread of COVID19:

All staff will be fully vaccinated

This includes the booster shot when eligible.

All staff will wear N95 masks and regularly self-test with rapid antigen tests (RATs)

Should your podiatrist test positive, they will immediately seek a PCR test and self-isolate for two weeks or until they receive a negative result. In this instance booked-in patients will be notified and rescheduled to another podiatrist or date.

All patients and caregivers over the age of 16 are required to be fully vaccinated (unless exempt)

From Monday the 31st of January eligible patients will check in via the Service WA App which will identify vaccination status. If you are exempt, an N95 mask must be worn during face-to-face appointments. Proof of exemption is required. See this link for acceptable forms of proof:

https://www.wa.gov.au/system/files/2022-01/ServiceWA_Proof_of_vax_guide_A3.pdf

For patients who do not wish to disclose their vaccination status please contact the clinic directly prior to attending as you will not be granted entry during normal practicing hours. We will have one session each week outside of normal hours to accommodate patients who do not wish to provide proof of vaccination.

 

Staff and patients are asked to not attend if you are feeling unwell, have cold or flu symptoms, have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or think they may have a high risk of a positive test. 

Please call to let us know if this is the case. We do not have any cancellation penalties. Once you have received a negative test or have isolated for the relevant period please let us know so we can book you back in.

 

Strict hygiene practices

Fortunately we already have strong hygiene practices in place. However these will be ramped up further to include the following:

We will follow WA state government advice

  • We will be wearing PPE, which may include N95 masks and face shields.
  • Social distancing measures will apply where possible.
  • We ask only one caregiver to attend the appointment where possible

 

There is likely to be further health advice updates for Small Business / Health Services Professionals through the WA Government in due course – we will monitor those and adjust as needed.

Please do not hesitate to contact our team if you have any questions.

We hope you keep well and safe.

Sincerely,

Lane Sanderson
Principal Podiatrist
lane@subiacofootankle.com.au