The good news is the effective measures introduced by the Australian and State Governments under medical advice have flattened the curve, which means Coronavirus cases are on the decline, and hopefully will dry up in the next few weeks. However, as Singapore has shown, we must be slow and cautious while returning to normality to avoid a second wave and lose what we have gained.
During this shutdown period we have been spending time on enhancing the patient experience here at Peter Callan Specialist Plastic Surgeon, ensuring you receive safe, high quality care and information ever step of the way. We have only had a few essential face-to-face consultations over the last month, and have been performing virtual video consultations instead.
Thank you all for your patience and for being involved in reducing the impact of this disease which has affected us all in one way or another. Special thanks to those health care workers and service personnel involved in the front line, the decision makers, and our thoughts are with everyone who has been negatively impacted by this pandemic, especially those who have lost loved ones.
We have had word from the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons that Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has confirmed that it is permissible for medical facilities to perform cosmetic injectable treatments. At this stage it is recommended that a doctor is present in the facility at the time (which is virtually always the case in our practice). The usual safeguards exist, including not coming if you are unwell, time and spatial separation of patients, strict hand-washing and as short a period of contact as possible (but long enough for safety of course).
We will recommence face-to-face consultations in a staged way over the next few weeks, and we will let you know about this in due course if your previous appointment was postponed, or if you are a new patient.
As far as elective surgery is concerned, a cautious start for more urgent elective cases commences next week. After two weeks this will be reassessed to ensure Victoria (and Australia) remains able to cope should the situation change. At this stage we do not anticipate performing surgery until after May 11, and even then there are likely to be restrictions on what we can do. As most of our procedures here at Peter Callan Specialist Plastic Surgery relate to aesthetic surgery of the face (facelift, rhinoplasty and eyelid surgery), initially these will not be high on the list of hospital priorities because of their highly elective nature. There will hopefully be more clarity after the first two weeks of monitoring, probably in the second week of May.
We will keep you updated.
Peter Callan specialises in facial surgery especially rhinoplasty, eyelid and facelift surgery, and is an expert in breast surgery and facial injectables. With over 25 years of experience as a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Peter Callan has become one of the most trusted names in the field.