Consultations with Dr John Weiner during the COVID-19 pandemic – updated 09 OCT 2020

Please read this information sheet about appointments to see me.

Firstly, the rooms will be closed from 09 Oct 2020 and will re-open on Monday 02 Nov 2020. All staff are taking some leave after a difficult 6 months.

This is a tough time for everyone. Here is some updated information for attending our clinic during lockdown in Victoria.

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 . Please provide a contact number. I will view and triage those  referrals after we return from leave. Nicole Klecina, my clinic manager, will then contact you after we return from leave 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

Those people who are especially vulnerable to coronavirus infection will have a TeleHealth consultation unless unavoidable. Those who live in a rural or semi-rural area will usually (not always) be offered a TeleHealth consultation.

We can arrange TeleHealth appointments using FaceTime. If you do not have access to FaceTime, 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 still lighter than usual, and street meter parking is often 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.

Hand sanitiser is available outside the elevators. Only 2 people are allowed in the elevators at any time.We have large communal waiting rooms that service 8 suites per floor. Most of the time, the waiting room these days is pretty empty. Half of the chairs are taped off to ensure appropriate isolation.

Please wear a mask to the consultation. Masks have been compulsory in Melbourne since 22nd July. You will not be allowed entry to the building, or to our suite, unless you have a face-mask on. Nicole will ask you the usual questions about recent ill-health and recent contacts on arrival. She will will check your temperature (no touch).  On entering my consolation room you will be seated at least 1.5 meters from me. I will wear a mask and gloves the whole time. If I examine you then I will also wear a face-shield. 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 that trap germs. The spirometer is cleaned and undergoes UV sterilisation 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.

You can fill in the following 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, or show the police our email or text to you:

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