Operating weekly WITH a STRICT COVID PLAN IN PLACE
Patients can access all info needed for making an appointment, at my rooms, via my web site, including information, videos, billing info and also request an appointment via email.
Point of care Ultra-sound
This is part of my clinical examination for many conditions, as well as a method for performing Guided Injections of PRP, Cortisone, and Pentosan.
Co-ordination of non-surgical and surgical treatments for injuries and arthritic complaints.
Education, Pre-habilitation, as well as Post-op Rehabilitation
Together with myself, my practice nurse, my surgical assistant, and our on-site physiotherapist, my patients are ensured of getting the right non-surgical physical therapy, ( if appropriate, for their condition) and post surgical therapy.
My interests and expertise remain broad, including Arthroplasty, Trauma and Sports Reconstruction of the Knee, Shoulder, Hip and Foot/Ankle,
This includes Arthroscopic, Reconstructive, Re-alignment Osteotomy, Arthrodesis and Robotic assisted Joint Replacement techniques.
I continue to service St Vincent’s Public Hospital with weekly outpatients and operating lists.
A Facemask is to be worn at all times, when in room with any other people, or even when alone using communal equipment, except when eating or drinking.
Frequent washing or sanitizer of hands after touching shared equipment, or passing paperwork, pens etc to clients or patients.
Shields on counter
Frequent cleaning of desk, keyboard and phone and mouse., AND ALCOHOL ANY PENS USED
Cleaning of reception counter before and after session.
Cleaning of counter, coffee table doorknobs and light switches with supplied cleaner/ alcohol after shifts.
When making appointments ask screening questions, evidence of temperature, illness, fever, cough, other respiratory symptoms, or contact with COVID positive or suspected COVID positive person, if yes to any of these, this will mean the appointment will be cancelled until tested and negative.
As all patients are logged and time dated, tracing will be possible if we are notified of a positive case post appointment.
All patients arriving will be skin temperature tested, if above 37.7 deg C, report to doctor on site, reschedule appointment.
COVID testing of all surgical patients within 7 days of surgery will be done, to allow results to be available before the operation.
Space appointments as has been routine now from the beginning of the COVID crisis in March to reduce numbers in waiting room.
Two in waiting room maximum, extra patients arriving can wait in empty consultation rooms, or in car and be called when doctor or physiotherapist is ready for them.
Offer tele-health or phone-consult when appropriate.
Use of sheets is suspended, and if examination couch is used, wipe down with alcoholic wash provided. In the case of a long medico-legal examination appointment, if sheets are still used, these must be thrown in linen skip after single appointment, and examination couch wiped down.
Encourage patients not to touch door handles and light switches, clean these in between appointments if touching these is suspected.
This is essential in protecting those who work here and our patients, and is much appreciated
Dr Anita Boecksteiner Orthopaedic Surgeon