We are open to care for you during the lock-down period in South Africa (26 March to 16 April 2020). Cancer doesn’t stop in times of the corona virus. In order to safeguard delivery of our essential care, Apffelstaedt and Associates has developed a comprehensive strategy to protect you and our staff from potential infection. In line with our focus on best practice in all aspects, we are continuously researching and keeping up to date with the best local and international scientific evidence to ensure that we implement and maintain the safest COVID-19 precautions in order to continue to care for you.
Here are some of the extensive range of measures we are taking to minimise risk:
- Only patients are allowed into the practice; accompanying persons will not be allowed into the practice. We encourage participation of significant others in important consultations by remote communication such as video telephony.
- We ask patients who are feeling unwell to rather reschedule their appointments.
- At our reception entrance there is an alcohol-based hand sanitiser for you to use.
- We have removed all reading material in the waiting area – please bring your tablet/phone.
- Likewise, our coffee/tea station is closed.
- We have reduced the capacity of the waiting room and increased the distance between chairs.
- All contact surfaces such as door handles and restrooms in the practice are disinfected frequently; and our mammography/ultrasound equipment is disinfected after every patient.
This is only a small part of the measures we are taking. There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our patients, our team and our community.
As the President said: “This is the most definitive Thuma Mina moment for our country. It is true that we are facing a grave emergency. But if we act together, if we act now, and if we act decisively, we will overcome it.”