been in contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days
returned from overseas travel in the past 14 days
felt unwell, including but not limited to symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath
then your appointment at CCHN must be rescheduled for 14 days after your return from overseas or last contact with a COVID-19 case, or when your symptoms have resolved and you are no longer considered a risk.
We also recommend that patients who are over 70 years old, or suffer from chronic disease (in particular, cardiovascular or respiratory disease and poorly controlled diabetes), or are immunocompromised, defer non-urgent appointments (dental or otherwise).
CCHN has taken a no compromise approach to our additional protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We request that patients:
use alcohol-based hand sanitiser to disinfect your hands upon arrival as well as on departure from the practice
do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth or face
do not shake hands
attend appointments alone if possible, although we are mindful of consent requirements and family commitments.
Please do not pay in cash
removed the reception area magazines so please bring a book
adjusted seating in reception area to facilitate social distancing
Our reception staff are regularly disinfecting:
surfaces and chairs in the reception area
telephones, the EFTPOS machine and pens at the reception desk
all door handles
the buttons and railings of the lift to our practice
Patients may remain in their car or outside rather than wait in our reception area, however we ask that you call us to let us know that you have parked and are waiting in your car. We will call you when the practice is disinfected and prepared for you. Upon arrival at the practice you will be asked to wash and sanitise your hands prior to treatment.
Reduced Treatment Services
Following the ACT Government’s lockdown of non-essential services, CCHN has been confirmed as an essential health service thus we will continue to operate. There is no current advice or mandate from the Australian Government, World Health Organization, Australian Physiotherapy Association, Osteopathic Association and AHPRA that suggests allied health services should be limited or ceased.
In order to minimise unnecessary exposure, CCHN has reduced hours at our clinics to 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 2pm Saturdays (as of 4th April) and closed our Swinger Hill practice. Some of our practitioners are now moving to telehealth, through the Physitrack app, to replace face to face appointments. A detailed description on how to use Physitrack can be found on our website or by following this link https://www.canberrahealthnetwork.com.au/services/telehealth-appointments/
We have allocated additional time between appointments to enable additional infection control measures including environmental cleaning.
Regarding the Treatment of Patients Who Are at Risk of COVID-19
Having taken into consideration the safety of the team and other patients, CCHN will not treat patients who are at moderate to high risk of COVID-19 infection.
CCHN apologises most sincerely to any patient this may affect however we will do all that we can without physical presence in the practice. A clinician will conduct a telephone consultation and take measures that may assist with management including prescription of exercise or referral to a GP providing all relevant information to facilitate treatment there.
Because we care, we want to remind you that in times like these, our mental health can take a hit. Make sure to talk to friends, family and seek professional medical advice. Limit your exposure to sensational media, and stick to the facts. Lean on us and your own community!
Most importantly, remember to breathe through it all.
Please feel free to call us if you have any questions regarding your upcoming booking.