In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the federal government announced that all elective surgery will be suspended, until further notice, from 11:59pm on 1st April 2020. This is to ensure vital resources can be reallocated to support the public health system in their effort to tackle the pandemic. While this decision has an impact on our practice, Dr Hunt and his team are fully supportive of these measures as it is extremely important to flatten the curve and tackle this pandemic for the good of all Australians.
What does this mean for our patients?
If you have surgery booked with Dr Hunt on or before 1st April 2020 and your procedure has a Medicare item number, then your surgery will go ahead as planned. Any procedures that don’t have a Medicare item number and any procedures booked after 1st April 2020 are now postponed and will be rescheduled as soon as it possible and safe to do so. If you had a procedure booked after 1st April 2020 a member of Dr Hunt’s team will be in contact with you to go through your options.
Dr Hunt will still be conducting consultations; however, these will now be online. Dr Hunt has several channels that patients can use to set up their consultation with him. These range from video calls via Facetime, Skype and Zoom as well as a good old-fashioned phone call. If you would like to book in to talk to Dr Hunt, please fill in this contact form and a member of the team will be in touch. Alternatively, please call 02 9327 1733.
In very urgent and exceptional circumstances Dr Hunt can see patients in person. However, we request that if this is the case then the patient attends the consultation alone to comply with social distancing requirements.
Dr Hunt’s practice nurse will also be available via phone and email to assist you with any questions you may have and to offer ongoing support. If you require post-operative care, such as the removal of stitches or drains, we will arrange an in-person appointment for you. Again, we ask that you come to this appointment alone, to comply with social distancing.
Due to the current restrictions on non-essential services we have suspended all cosmetic injectable appointments for the time being. We will notify patients as soon as these restrictions have been lifted and will reopen our cosmetic injectable appointments as soon as it is possible and safe to do so.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will be posting more updates for our patients as soon as we are aware of any changes. Please keep an eye on Dr Hunt’s social media channels for ongoing updates.
For more information about Covid-19 in Australia, click here.
We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time, please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or concerns. Stay safe.