Covid19 related things

Extra precautions for consultations

We have all had to change the way we work as a result of the Covid19 pandemic and this includes rheumatologists.

At Alert Level 2, both rooms (Greenlane and Glenfield) are now fully open for face-face consultations.  You will need to to confirm you are well and answer a range of screeing questions prior to entering the premises.  You may need to wait in your car until we call you in for your consultation (this depends on wether there is space in our waiting room or not - as we are limiting numbers to ensure appropriate physical distancing measures are followed).  All patients will have to have their hands sanitised and wear a surgical mask on entry into our waiting room.  You will also not be able to bring family or a support person into the clinic rooms (including waiting room) unless there is a specific reason that this is required and will need to be pre-arranged with the admin staff.

If you prefer, we are still doing some consultations as telephone or video consults if this is sufficient for your needs.   Southern Cross Healthcare, NIB, ACC, and several other insurance companies will temporarily cover phone and video consultations under their policies to account for the current situation.   

Covid 19 FAQs

The guidance provided here is specific for patients treated by Dr Suppiah

1. What is Covid19

Corona Virus Disease 19 is a new coronavirus that causes lung and airway infections. It is sometimes called SARS-CoV-2.

2. What are the symptoms of Covid19?

3. Are my risks of Covid19 increased?

4. Which medications suppress my immune system?

5. Do I need to take any extra precautions?

Where can I find more information?

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