Following the early success we had in Victoria in suppression of the Coronavirus, the breakdown in our hotel quarantine procedures has resulted in a second wave of viral infection throughout our community.
The actions of the Victorian Government in imposing a second lockdown in order to restrict movements around Melbourne together with the compulsory wearing of face masks is likely to be successful in suppression of the virus.
For the moment all private hospitals have been directed to limit our surgery to urgent cases. Essentially this means patients surgery may be performed only on patients who have symptoms and whose surgery has a Medicare item number.
Regrettably, this means that we have to postpone surgery for some of our patients. We are however hopeful that we will be able to return to normal in the near future. We sincerely thank all of our patients for their patience and assure you that we will use our best endeavours to schedule surgery as soon as possible.
Regarding consultations, we have become expert in the use of ZOOM! This means that all of our initial consultations and follow-ups are now done by ZOOM. Many of our patients comment how a ZOOM consultation is just like being here in person. In other words we are able to show before and after photographs and even perform computerised imaging on your own photograph – just as we do in a normal face to face consultation. If a face to face consultation is absolutely necessary then of course this can be arranged.
How can we all continue to protect ourselves from COVID-19?
The use of facemasks “as now mandated by the Victorian Government” has been proven overseas to be extremely effective in preventing infection. This means that facemasks, together with social distancing and the use of a hand sanitiser will be extremely effective in preventing infection.
It has also been proven that deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin D, can increase your susceptibility to respiratory viruses. Together with our compounding pharmacist we have developed a specific “immune booster” which contains high dose vitamin C, high dose vitamin D. zinc, quercetin and N-acetylcysteine. Each of these ingredients has been proven by randomised trials to be effective in reducing susceptibility to respiratory viruses. This is what all our staff and families are taking and we have made it available for purchase through our skin store: