Melbourne Hand Rehab - Hand Therapy Newsletter
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MARCH 2020

Hi everyone,

How are you? First of all, we want to be in touch with everyone to say that we hope you and your families are all well.

Many people are understandably concerned about how best to take care of themselves and as health professionals, we need to play our part in this. 

The practicalities of that are clearly outlined below. 

Take care of yourselves and each other. One thing I've noticed is how pleasant, tolerant and just downright nice almost everyone I've spoken to in the past few days has been. It feels like we are all in this together and that kindness is blossoming.

Stay safe, 

Karen and the team at Melbourne Hand Rehab

Scott Morrison announced in his press conference today that the best thing to do at the moment to reduce the spread of the virus and flatten the curve is to practice excellent personal hygiene and social distancing. 
I'll run through exactly what that means....

1. Ideal personal hygiene practices include frequent washing of your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or using alcohol rub and avoid touching your face. 

2. Social distancing has today been clarified as being in a closed space of no less than 2 x 2 m per person, so 4 msq per person.

3. Self isolate if you have flu like symptoms, or have traveled/been in close contact with a traveler in the past 14 days.

Is Hand Therapy safe at Melbourne Hand Rehab?

1. We are a low risk and low volume practice with 1-2 practitioners and 1-2 patients per hour.

2. Our treatment rooms are all at least 3 x 3 m or 9 sqm comfortably managing 2 (and a bit) people.

3. For weeks now, we have been practicing all of the increased cleaning protocols including wiping down surfaces and asking patients to wash their hands on arrival. The clinics are spotless, better than ever I'd say!

4.We are offering online video consults where possible and appropriate to reduce the general volume of humans through the clinics and to provide continuing hand therapy for those isolating at home and the elderly at risk.

5. All admin and therapy team members completed their certification in Infection Control for COVID-19 today.

6. We have moved towards card and cashless payment with Medipass now available for in clinic and also Telehealth consultations.

7. We are diligently monitoring the situation on a daily basis to keep our whole team informed.
Over 10% of admissions to emergency departments are injuries to the hand and wrist. Most people are naturally avoiding lengthy waits in emergency and GP clinic appointments are hard to get.
We can help out in this situation.


Melbourne Hand Rehab has opened in Mill Park!

The welcome room and the treatment rooms are all very spacious and freshly painted. There is plenty of parking onsite as well.

The lovely Mel Clifford, Angela Cheng and Nicholas Reither will be the therapists at the Mill Park clinic located at 351 Childs Rd.

Mill Park is open now, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
The treatment rooms at Mill Park are very large and freshly painted with loads of natural light.
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