The Launceston Skin Cancer Clinic fully supports State and Federal Government initiatives to self-isolate and remain at home unless attending to essential services.
This directive has resulted in some uncertainty from patients who are wondering whether they should keep their booked appointment with us.
The information below aims to provide some guidance as to whether routine skin-check appointments should be kept.
Medical services are certainly classified as an essential service, but what about skin-checks?
We know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in Australia.
The diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care of patients affected by skin cancer is indeed considered essential. Serious complications can occur as a result of a delay in any of these.
Patients who have an increased risk should keep their skin check appointments wherever possible.
High risk patients include;
Patients with a history of skin cancer
Patients with a family history of skin cancer
Patients with a new or changing mole, or one that they are concerned about
Anyone who’s been told to return for monitoring of a specific lesion over the coming months by one of our skin doctors or a GP
At this time, routine skin checks are not recommended for low risk, asymptomatic patients.
These patients are encouraged to rebook now to avoid further delay when the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
While we can’t be sure of the exact date, we currently suggesting anytime from August 1st.
Is the Launceston Skin Cancer Clinic a safe place to visit?
We are taking every precaution to ensure our clinic remains a safe place for patients who do need to keep their appointments.
All patients and visitors to our building are screened for cold or flu symptoms and are not permitted to enter during business hours.
We are also taking temperatures at each entrance of our building to identify patients who have a fever
We have removed all magazines and toys from out waiting room and chairs are spaced apart in accordance with social-distancing guidelines
General hygiene and Infection control is (and always has been) a critical component of our daily operation
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns.
Below is an open letter to our Premier, Peter Gutwein.
‘Tasmania’s 3 Step Plan to be COVID Free’.
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On the 11th of March 2020, COVID-19 has been classified as a Global Pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
We wish to provide an important update to you regarding some significant changes to our clinic which we are implementing to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and the broader community.
Effective from Friday 13th of March 2020, ANY patient who has cold symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat will not be seen between 7am – 6pm weekdays and before 1pm on weekends.
Patients who present to the clinic during this time will be re-booked for a dedicated clinic which we are currently running weekdays between 6pm-9pm. Patients will be asked to wear a mask and doctors will be wearing full protective clothing including a mask, protective and a ‘coverall’.
To ensure minimal exposure to other patients, bookings are required. Please call 03 6388 8119 to arrange.
We apologise in advance for the inconvenience that this will cause. It certainly isn’t ideal, but we hope that by adhering to the advice and guidelines of Public Health, we will be able to remain open and continue to provide quality healthcare services to all patients.