COVID-19 – Medical Alert

At South West Vision Institute we aim to maintain the integrity of health and safety of our patients, staff, and doctors. We acknowledge and understand patients and caregivers may be concerned of the recent outbreak of COVID-19. The NSW and Australian government are monitoring the situation and have instituted measures to limit the spread of the virus. We would like to assure our patients that appropriate methods have been carried out to meet these standards.

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that can cause respiratory illness. It is related to previous outbreaks of coronavirus such as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). COVID-19 can present as a mild form, but in some cases may be severe causing respiratory infection leading to pneumonia and severe acute respiratory distress.

The symptoms to look out for include:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry cough

What SWVI is doing to manage the risk in our practice
South West Vision Institute is compliant with advice and regulations provided by the Australian Government Department of Health. We are following the latest alerts and keeping up to date with recent recommendations on reducing the spread of the virus. This practise includes continuing usual cleaning methods of hand washing and disinfecting used items and surfaces between patients. The following are some of the precautions being taken to prevent the spread:

  • Social distancing of 1.5 metres
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) i.e. gloves, masks
  • Continuing stringent practice of using 70% isopropyl alcohol to wipe down equipment and ancillary tests following each use with every patient
  • Cleaning down reception chairs at the end of the day with hospital grade disinfectant
  • Wiping desks, doorhandles, computer keyboards and mouses

What you can do to help
We kindly advise patients who are feeling unwell or have a respiratory illness to seek medical advice or stay home until their symptoms resolve. If you or the person/child you’ll be accompanying to the appointment is experiencing flu-like symptoms we politely request you phone us to reschedule your appointment. Where possible, patients are asked to attend their appointment alone, or with only one parent for children under 16.

All visitors of the clinic will be screened upon entry for recent travel in the last 15 days and flu-like symptoms/illnesses by our reception staff. A temperature check will be conducted on arrival for all visitors and patients of the clinic.

If you are experiencing red eyes, discharge and blurry vision we suggest phoning before your appointment to notify the clinic.

We ask all patients and visitors take part in regular hygiene practices advised by NSW Health:

  • Regular hand washing with soap and water or using alcohol-based handrub
  • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow or disposable tissue to be thrown away immediately
  • Maintaining social distance of 1.5 metres

For more information on hygiene practices and measures being taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 please see NSW Health.

Convenient Locations

Level 2
5 - 7 Secant Street
Liverpool NSW 2170
T: 9821 2993
F: 9822 4987

1 Moore Street
Corner Bigge Street
Liverpool NSW 2170
T: 9734 7000
F: 9734 7001

1 Warby Street
Campbelltown NSW 2560
T: 9821 2993
F: 9822 4987

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