What are Melbourne Podiatrists & Orthotics doing to help stop the spread of the virus?
Melbourne Podiatrists & Orthotics are proactive in helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus at its Camberwell clinic. This includes:
All patients are screened by the podiatrist for suitability according to our coronavirus policy, prior to the commencement of any treatment.
Cleaning & Disinfection
Regular cleaning and disinfection of all patient surfaces and common surfaces such as patient chairs, bench tops, door handles and treadmill.
With the aim of keeping a sterile environment we have also decided to temporarily remove patient magazines and children’s toys from the waiting room.
All patients are required to use the hand sanitiser available on immediate entry to the clinic. All staff are washing their hands frequently, including on immediate entry and between every patient or contact.
Social distancing of 1.5 m is currenlty in practice for staff and patients where applicable. No more than 2 people (podiatrist and patient only) in a treatment area at any one time. Exception will be made for 1 additional guardian or personal carer if required.
Being a relatively new modern clinic with a spacious design we are one of the best equipped clinics for social distancing. We have the advantage that we are not part of any GP or multidisciplinary medical clinic so there are minimal patients in our waiting room. There is also little to no activity in the rest of the office building so there is minimal chance of running into other members of the public.
We have also adjusted our clinic hours during the pandemic so there are now less podiatrists working at any one given time, resulting in better social distancing for patients and staff.
You will notice that upon entering the clinic the front door will be left open. Consultation room doors where possible will also be left open to help with ventilation. These measures also help to prevent cross infection as it avoids patients inadvertently touching door handles.
We still have a good supply of masks which are used for staff and patients showing any signs of respiratory symptoms. It is a strict policy that all of our podiatrists now wear masks and gloves during all consultations to help better protect our patients.