It is with great sadness and frustration that we are having to press pause on providing any treatment that isn’t considered “urgent” right now.
Under metro Melbourne’s Stage 4 restrictions, the current official advice (which is subject to change at any time) is that Allied Health practices are permitted to remain open, but this is not business as usual.
We’ve been advised that treatment must only be provided if the absence of, or delay of this care, would result in a significant change/deterioration in the patient/client’s functional independence necessitating escalation of care.
Examples provided by the DHHS of when it is appropriate for care to be provided to a patient include the following:
1. To avoid a requirement for specialist input/review;
2. To avoid an increase in care needs and/or alternate accommodation;
3. To avoid a hospital admission or emergency department presentation.
For this reason, we’ve been advised that treatment should only be provided if it is considered ‘essential’ for the next 6 weeks and where not receiving care is likely to lead to a significant deterioration in the health or wellbeing of the patient. In all other circumstances we are not allowed to see a patient for a face-to-face consultation. This is a legal requirement.
We are still here for you though. We will be monitoring the phones (03 9388 1233), emails, and private messages on our social media @brunswickchiro. We will not leave you in the lurch. If you have any questions about your condition or feel in the next 6 weeks your condition will deteriorate significantly, or think that without our treatment you’ll end up in hospital, please make contact with us. We will have practitioners on call for these “urgent” cases. We are also looking into what services we can provide via Telehealth.
If you currently have an appointment booked in, expect a call from us in the next few days to discuss your options.
We are terribly sorry and saddened to have to do this, and we appreciate and understand how difficult these next 6 weeks will be to get through for everyone, but for now we have to focus on the bigger picture and the greater good. We’ll see you soon!