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sportsmed COVID-19 update

22 November 2021

As the Government of South Australia ease restrictions and open up interstate borders from Tuesday 23 November, here at sportsmed we have reviewed the advice and information available surrounding the potential risks and have updated our precautionary measures in line with our continued commitment to the health and safety of our patients, our team and our community.

The measures we are undertaking at sportsmed include increasing our team’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements along with the relevant education and training in using them, lifting the level of cleaning across facilities, as well as maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene policies.

This is to prioritise the health and safety of our patients, visitors and team members.

We will continue to monitor and adhere to the most up-to-date advice from the SA Government. We thank you for your continued support and understanding.

From Thursday 25 November, all patients and visitors of sportsmed are required to:

  • Wear a level 3 surgical mask. Cloth masks are not permitted.
  • Come alone to your consult where possible.
  • Observe social distancing measures and maintain good hand hygiene.
  • Check-in with the QR codes and report to reception.

Please DO NOT ENTER a sportsmed facility if:

  • You are feeling unwell
  • Have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have been notified you have visited an exposure site in Australia within 7 days of your exposure (if vaccinated), or 14 days of your exposure (if unvaccinated).

Consultations in the Orthopaedic and Medical Clinics

Consultations from the Orthopaedic and Medical Clinic will include post-operative, telehealth and face-to-face appointments at the discretion and availability of the practitioner.

Masks

All patients and visitors are required to wear a level 3 surgical mask when on our premises, irrespective of age. Cloth masks are not permitted.

Patients

From 1 December 2021 onwards, all hospital patients will need to take a COVID-19 test at their own cost, with evidence of a negative test to be provided before admission.

We will continue to treat all patients regardless of vaccination status at the discretion and availability of the practitioner.

If you are an interstate patient we do require that you are fully vaccinated, unless you have received an exemption. Interstate patients will also need to fulfil a number of other requirements in order to attend sportsmed. Evidence of EntryCheck SA permission, replacing both the SA Police Cross Border Travel Registration and SA Health Travel Exemption applications must be provided along with further requirements that our team will discuss with you.

Visitors

We request patients come alone to their orthopaedic, medical, physiotherapy and podiatry consultations where possible. If a carer is required to assist a patient through the clinic this must be limited to one person.

Visitors will be limited to one person per patient, per day in our orthopaedic hospital.

All visitors and carers must be fully vaccinated.

Exemptions

Please contact us prior to your appointment if you have a valid exemption from vaccination or mask-wearing. This may allow us to offer alternative arrangements that help protect your safety and that of other patients, visitors, and our team.

Payment

To reduce unnecessary points of contact our preferred method of payment is via contactless methods such as EFT, Visa Card or Mastercard.

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