To our patients: We hope you are staying safe and healthy. In order to maintain your safety, we have put the following practice policies in place:
- Tele-medicine and, where appropriate, in-person consultations are available.
- We follow NSW Health Covid-safe Guidelines.
- Pre-screening questions for COVID and symptoms we feel may be relevant will be discussed prior to appointment.
- If you have visited any Covid-19 hotspots, please do not attend in-person. If you are uncertain please discuss with staff in advance of your appointment.
- Please do not bring more than one family member or friend to your next appointment unless there is a medical necessity or previously discussed with our staff.
- All non-patients are required to check in with contact details as per Covid-safe Guidelines.
- Cleaning and sanitation protocols for all patient contact areas have been put in place to reduce the risk of transmission. Perspex cough-protection barriers are in place to protect patients and front desk staff.
- Please note that specific advice may change from time to time based on NSW Health Guidelines.
- Staff and patients may be required to wear masks, based on NSW health guidelines.
We will attempt to limit your time in the office for your safety and the safety of our staff.
**COVID-19 update 31.12. 2021**
- Given the rapid spread of COVID-19 it is quite possible patients of Sydney Neurology doctors will contract COVID-19 over the holiday period and into 2022. If you contract CoOVID-19, please refer to the NSW Health advice.
Note that many patients will have a chronic health condition. This will require a more detailed assessment, initially through the NSW Health COVID-19 Care at Home Support Line: 1800 960 933.
- If you are on an immunosuppressive medication, pregnant, over 65 years of age or not vaccinated and you contract COVID-19, this should be discussed with the Support Line. Medications are now available to reduce the likelihood of contracted COVID-19 becoming serious, but need to be given early so please do not delay contacting NSW Health. This may require hospital assessment.
- If you contract COVID-19 and are having severe headaches or dizziness, difficulty breathing or have pain in your chest, call Triple Zero (000) straight away and tell the ambulance staff that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Separately to the issue of what to do if you contract COVID, but relevant to many Sydney Neurology patients, is a statement from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) about the COVID-19 Omicron variant and the timing of COVID-19 booster vaccination.
- Of particular note, in patients who are immunocompromised, including those who take medications for conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), myasthaenia gravis (MG) & chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP), are now recommended to have three primary vaccination doses plus a fourth dose booster, ideally at ~3 months after the third primary dose.