We don’t need to repeat the fact that we are in a rather unusual set of circumstances.
Obviously, the situation changes daily. As we receive new information, the nature of our practice is likely to be altered.
There is an impact on our ability to see patients in the rooms, to operate, and to manage our patients post-operatively. The evolving situation with COVID-19 is leading to a requirement that we all make adjustments to how we work and live, and it is no different here at LOSA.
Below are some current details for new and returning patients to be aware of. Our patients will be receiving a number of emails and text updates if scheduling adjustments are required. Our operating capacity is being disrupted and may be reduced further. The best we can do is keep you all updated as we receive new information.
This page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
Latest updates: 3rd April 2020
In the ROOMS:
– The rooms are still operational
– We have completely transitioned to video consultation using a web based Australian platform called COVIU to ensure that we comply with all appropriate data storage and privacy legislation.
– a very small number of face to face consultations may still be required, but there will be strict rules in place for any patient attending the rooms physically
– we ask that all patients observe the appropriate social distancing recommendations if they must attend the rooms.
– we will continue to see ALL HIGH RISK SKIN CANCER patients (by video link). I have contacted our referrers to notify them of this.
– low risk skin cancers will have their appointments deferred if safe to do so
– new breast surgery patients will be offered video consultations to ensure that they have the ability to speak with Dr Campbell-Lloyd directly about any concerns and this includes new cosmetic patients and patients requiring revision surgery (eg. ruptured implants). Please contact the rooms if you have questions.
– new breast cancer patients will always be offered video consultations. It is however likely that new breast cancer patients seeking immediate breast reconstruction may be faced with significantly reduced options in the short term. This does not negate the need for patients to have available all possible information for both the immediate period, and in the future. I will continue to work closely with my breast surgery colleagues. There are frequently options to alter treatment sequencing to optimise outcomes
– In accordance with the current RACS and ASPS guidance, all non-critical elective surgery is to be postponed. This includes all breast surgery, INCLUDING BREAST RECONSTRUCTION. I am continuing to work closely with my breast surgery colleagues to ensure that any patient requiring mastectomy receives the best possible options for reconstruction.
– we are continuing to offer surgery to all urgent skin cancer and trauma patients.
– low risk skin cancer patients will not have surgery booked immediately. Please be assured that any waiting period will be SAFE and decisions about deferring surgery will only be made by Dr Campbell-Lloyd.
– new non-urgent elective and cosmetic patients are being advised that we are unable to make any surgical bookings currently. We are uncertain when this situation will change.
– any patients requiring the removal of sutures or post-operative assessment of complex procedures will continue to be seen in person.
- we will attempt to minimise this requirement for all patients – dissolving sutures will be used for all patients where possible.
– patients with dissolving sutures and simple reconstructions will be offered phone/video consultations.
– routine reviews (normally booked for 6-8 weeks post-op) will be deferred.
Please take care of yourselves and your family. Please look out for your neighbours and friends, especially if they are elderly. Be a decent, responsible citizen….which really just means don’t be a twat, and accept that we must all sacrifice some freedoms right now. Please be kind to each other. If you can afford to do so, please (for as long as it is allowed) buy a take-away meal from your local restaurants who are probably going to be among the hardest hit financially.
See you on the other side.