I don’t think there is an Australian who doesn’t feel relief. You only need watch the news to realise that we dodged a bullet when it comes to the pandemic that is circulating around the world. So are you planning surgery? What you can expect in the ‘new normal’.
Embracing the New Normal
There is however a ‘New Normal’ that you can expect as Australia moves towards recovery and reopening. The emerging truth that has come to light in the aftermath of the Covid-19 outbreak is we can expect Australia’s health care system to be working within a new paradigm from now on.
Some Requirements for You
The number one request made by all health authorities is – if you feel unwell, stay at home. Call your GP and follow the advice, which would include being tested. You can expect to answer a questionnaire with questions such as have you been feeling unwell? Have you been tested for Covid-19. If so, when was the test and what was the result. You would also be asked if you have travelled in the last 14 days, both internationally and within Australia.
If you do have surgery scheduled, follow all directions from your doctor and hospital. These directions are likely to include:
- Monitor your health closely prior to surgery
- Arrive at the hospital on time as many new safety procedures require extra time.
- Limit the number of visitors to the hospital (usually one nominated visitor per patient).
- Limited number of visitor hours.
Other changes you could expect, though these would vary hospital to hospital and procedure to procedure. Hospital stays may be reduced as patients would only be hospitalised when absolutely required.
Added Health and Safety Measures
With your health and safety in mind, hospitals and medical staff have added even more safeguards. There are in advance of any procedure that you may have in the hospitals. These new measures are based on evidence that is growing.
For instance, COVID-19 spreads by touching a surface or object with the virus on it, and then touching your face. The virus can also be spread by being in close quarters with a sick person where droplets can spread up to two metres after a sneeze or cough.
Hospital Safety Measures Would Include:
- The spacing of appointments to minimise the number of people within the clinic at any one time.
- Social distancing measures throughout common areas to be observed.
- Regular wipe-downs of common area spaces.
- Availability of hand sanitiser for all patients and visitors on arrival and during their time on-site.
- Appropriate protective equipment for our clinical staff.
One of our valued team members will be going in for an elective (although necessary) procedure this week, we’ll keep you posted what her experience was like.