COVID19

COVID-19 Information Page

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19

Governments, health departments and health administrators throughout Australia are all working to respond to the rapidly evolving challenges related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

At Upper GI West we are monitoring the current situation closely and have already put in place measures to reduce the risks for our patients, staff, providers and the community.

We require that you DO NOT ATTEND a clinic appointment at our rooms or present to hospital for any procedures if you:

  • have arrived from overseas or interstate in the past 14 days,
  • have any flu like symptoms including a fever or cough,
  • have been in contact with someone with a confirmed COVID-19 infection,
  • have been placed in quarantine/self-isolation

Instead please phone our staff for advice or call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

On 31st March 2020, the Federal Government suspended routine elective surgery and endoscopy at public and private hospitals throughout Australia except for Category 1 and Urgent Category 2 cases to prepare for potential COVID-19 cases and preserve the Nations supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).

On 21 April 2020, the Federal Government announced that restrictions on elective surgical activity were to be eased restoring  25% of closed lists.

On 15th May 2020, the Federal Government announced further return of elective surgery which would be guided by the states and territories. We have now been advised that we can now resume most procedures including bariatric surgery from 25th May 2020 at 50% capacity.

With the easing of restrictions the WA State Government has advised that elective surgery will return to 100% capacity from 15th July 2020.

Our Practice is open and we are conducting face-to-face appointments where required (eg physical examination, wound reviews, hernias etc.) or preferred.

We are also offering phone or video consultations for patients who are unable or prefer not to attend in person at this stage.

For more information:
Department of Health (Western Australia)
Department of Health (Australian Government)