Consultations with Dr John Weiner during the COVID-19 pandemic

Please read this information sheet about appointments to see me.

Please fill in these details if you have a face-to-face appointment then print out this post as proof of your appointment if stopped for a police check:

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This is a difficult time for everyone. Here is some updated information following re-instatement of Stage 3 lockdown in Victoria and closure of borders recently.

I will continue to consult during the pandemic. For some, TeleHealth is appropriate. For others, face-to-face consultations are either necessary or preferable.

Before we make an appointment, if you are a new patient,  or a review patient who I haven’t seen for over 12 months, please email a current referral to our clinic on allergynetaustralia(at)gmail(dot)com (note – the email address is spelt out to prevent access by bots). Please provide a contact number. I will view and triage those referrals. Nicole, my clinic manager, will then contact you and offer you either a TeleHealth consultation or a face-to-face consultation.

TeleHealth consultations are fully rebatable, and no out-of-pocket expenses are incurred.

A face-to-face consultation will incur non-rebatable costs as usual. Details of those costs can be obtained when you are contacted with an appointment time.

The following will incur a face-to-face consultation (not every time, and this list is not exhaustive):

  1. If requested by you or your referring doctor
  2. Initial dose of allergen immunotherapy treatment
  3. Most people with asthma
  4. Complex problems
  5. Those that do not qualify as above but live in rural or semi-rural districts

Those people who are especially vulnerable to coronavirus infection will have a TeleHealth consultation unless unavoidable.

We can arrange TeleHealth appointments using FaceTime or Skype. If you do not have access to these, perhaps you can arrange a friend or relative to help. It’s always better to see you as we speak, but the Australian Government has allowed telephone calls to qualify as TeleHealth if nothing else is available.

Our rooms are Suite 1, Level 4, 517 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. This building is on the corner of Commercial Rd. Traffic is lighter than normal, and street meter parking is usually available in the area. There is good access by public transport (trams). Many people will Uber or taxi. A very small private parking area is available next to our building off Commercial Rd. This is often full.

We have communal waiting rooms that service 8 suites. Most of the time, the waiting room these days is pretty empty.

Please wear a mask to the consultation. Masks will be compulsory in Melbourne from 11.59pm 22nd July. Nicole will ask you the usual questions about recent ill-health and recent contacts on arrival. She will will check your temperature (no touch).  I will wear a mask and gloves the whole time. It’s possible that my examination may require you to briefly lower your mask.

If lung tests are needed, I have a small breathing test machine (spirometer) that uses one-way disposable mouthpieces and is cleaned after every use.

Skin tests, if needed, will be performed by me.

You can arrive with a companion, but only you, the patient, will be allowed into my consulting room, unless assistance is needed. I no longer see children, as Melbourne is now serviced by many excellent paediatric allergists.

Thank you, and take care everyone.

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