Eye Consultants SA is still consulting following the opening of the South Australian borders on 23rd November 2021 and the introduction of Covid-19 to our State.
Your health and wellbeing, that of our staff, and indeed the community, is of great concern to us.
Please do not attend our Clinic
- If you have experienced cold or flu-like symptoms or loss of sense of smell in the last (seven) days.
- If you have associated with anyone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last (14) days.
- If you have not received full/double Covid-19 vaccination
- We can offer you an appointment following a negative Covid test 72 hours prior to your appointment. Please isolate where possible from the time the PCR Covid test is taken until your appointment time.
Restrictions continue in regard to social distancing, 1.5 metre spacing and hygiene.
We are restricting the number of people in our waiting room, and ask that patients attend their appointment on their own.
Please contact our staff prior to your appointment to discuss any needs you may have for a carer to accompany you in our rooms.
A child is to be accompanied by one fully vaccinated carer only. No siblings may attend.
Please enter our rooms wearing a mask, perform a QR or Manual check in on arrival, and use the hand sanitizer provided.
ECSA COVID-19 principles
At Eye Consultants SA we acknowledge that the current situation is disruptive and stressful for all.
Our focus at Eye Consultants SA is to:
- Provide as safe an environment as possible for all patients and staff
- Remain open in order to continue providing you with high quality eye care.
We base our approach on:
- The best available current Health evidence
- Current State mandated laws and regulations.
On the best available evidence we believe that:
- COVID 19 is a highly dangerous disease which has caused serious illness and death around the world
- Vaccination is the most effective means of reducing the risk of infection, transmission, illness and death
- Wearing masks, social distancing and reduced interpersonal interactions further reduce the risk of transmission
- Vaccinated individuals are less likely to become infected with and transmit COVID 19 than the unvaccinated (references available on request).
Please note that QR code check in and mask wearing is mandatory (by SA law) upon entry to a Medical practice in South Australia. The only exception is a valid medical exemption which must be produced on request.
According to the SA Health COVID risk assessment algorithm (see link attached), ECSA staff (and possibly some patients) are at risk of needing to quarantine for up to 14 days if exposed to an unvaccinated COVID-19 positive case. In this event it may be impossible for ECSA to provide any service to patients during the period of quarantine. Clearly we will take all possible measures to avoid this by:
- Requesting that patients provide evidence of either Double Vaccination OR a negative COVID 19 PCR test within the 72 hours prior to attending.
- Ensuring all staff and patients wear masks at all times – Doctors may be wearing the more protective (and uncomfortable) N95 masks and eye protection when examining you to reduce the risk of transmission/infection.
- Ensuring social distancing guidelines are adhered to.
- Minimising the number of people entering the practice.
We acknowledge that people will, and are entitled to, make their own decisions regarding vaccination. This will unfortunately impact upon their ability to be seen at ECSA.
Whilst it is not our desire to exclude ANY patients from attending, for the reasons stated above, we will exclude all unvaccinated /single vaccinated patients who refuse to provide evidence of a negative COVID 19 PCR test. In this circumstance we will either:
- Reschedule your appointment until you are fully vaccinated
- Provide you with advice regarding an alternate treatment pathway
If you are unhappy with these arrangements PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR FRUSTRATIONS OUT ON OUR STAFF – THEY ARE SIMPLY FOLLOWING PRACTICE INSTRUCTIONS.
Thankyou all for your understanding during these challenging times. We hope to continue to be able to provide you with your usual service until things revert to a more normal setting.