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Stage 4 Lock down Update

We are still open!!! All you need to know about the stage four restrictions and Podiatry

Walk on Podiatry clinics are open during stage 4 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne, however we are restricted to “essential” services only during this period.

DHHS guidelines for Podiatrists during stage 4

In order to restrict non-essential movement across the state The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) states that Podiatrists can only provide services that prevent a significant change/deterioration in functional independence necessitating escalation of care.
What does this mean? In other words, Podiatrist’s can only provide essential services that prevent a significant deterioration in a person’s ability to perform daily living activities, that if not treated would then require an escalation of care such as a referral to a specialist or hospitalisation.

Common patient questions during stage 4 restrictions

Should I come in or reschedule my appointment during stage four restrictions?

If your appointment meets the essential criteria as outlined above, then yes you are more than welcome to make and attend Podiatry appointments. If you already have an appointment with us, your Podiatrist will give you a call to go through the criteria to make sure you are considered “essential”.

If your appointment does not meet the criteria, then it would be considered “non – essential” and you should strongly consider rescheduling or postponing your appointment until after the stage 4 lockdown period is over (end on the 13th of September).

I am unsure if my Podiatry appointment is essential or non – essential?

If you are a new patient and you are unsure whether you fit the criteria or not please give us a call and one of our Podiatrists will go through the criteria with you and will determine if you can be safely deferred until after stage 4 lockdown.

If you already have an appointment with us over stage 4 lockdown, your Podiatrist will give you a call to assess the criteria to see if you are considered essential or non-essential.

If you are still unsure, please give us a call and a Podiatrist will discuss your case in more detail to determine if it meets the essential criteria.

Do I need a GP referral to attend my Podiatry appointment?

You do not require a GP referral to attend Podiatry appointments under stage 4 restrictions but you must meet the essential criteria in order for care to be provided.

If I can’t attend my Podiatry appointment face to face what other options do I have?

If you require non-essential treatment you can consider a Telehealth appointment. Telehealth is an online video Podiatry consultation and can be great for treating foot conditions that don’t require a hands on approach.

The main goal is to STAY SAFE and HEALTHY during the pandemic, whilst helping to reduce the spread of COVID. So if you can safely post pone your appointment we urge you to do so. If you are unsure please phone our clinic on 8790 3755 or for more information and our COVID-19 policy click HERE.