Article by Dr Chris Leat Medical Director Envisage Clinic Gold Coast
Very obviously this is the “hot potato” topic at the moment and I want to discuss Corona Virus and its implications for cosmetic medicine.
We are in a different position here on the Gold Coast and in Australia to much of the World. Unlike some countries we have been testing for some time, and out of over 22,000 tests in Queensland have had 94 positive results as of today (18/03/2020).
The majority of these obviously are not on the Gold Coast although the GC has seen a cluster of cases in overseas workers at the filming of the Presley biopic at Movie World.
Half of all Australian cases are in NSW and all Australian cases are being investigated with careful contact tracing.
At present in Australia three quarters of cases have been acquired overseas and only about one quarter by community spread locally.
Corona virus is here for several months – at least until a vaccination is produced, manufactured and distributed.
So where does this leave us? Current recommendations are obviously to limit spread as much as possible by avoiding large gatherings of people and implementing “social distancing” as much as feasible, and by washing hands as often as possible.
At present, after a great deal of consideration, I do not feel that there is any need for us to limit the opening of Envisage Clinic, nor do I feel that there is any need for you to not come in for your regular cosmetic treatments.
In fact your risk of contracting Covid-19 at Envisage is miniscule and probably much less than at any shopping centre, supermarket, coffee shop or other shop.
We are a “low volume” clinic without a large number of patients at any time or on any day.
In fact there are rarely more than one or two patients in the waiting area at any time.
We are a purely Cosmetic Clinic, with no General Practice patients.
Hygiene is taken very seriously at Envisage Cosmetic. We have hand sanitiser for all patients at the front desk. Therapists wash hands before seeing each patient.
Disposable gloves are worn for all direct patient contact. Masks are available for therapists if required. All treatments are performed with disposable or correctly sanitised equipment.
Rest assured that we the staff will not come to work at Envisage if we have any symptoms of Covid-19, and no staff have been overseas or in contact with any case of Covid-19.
We ask that you kindly do the same thing.
Currently we have adequate stock of all consumables and injectables, and we do not anticipate supply issues.
However most products are manufactured in Europe and Ireland, so this could change in the future.
I would like to thank you all for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Article by Dr Christopher Leat – Medical Director Envisage Clinic Benowa
Dr Christopher Leat – Medical Director Envisage Skin Clinic Founder and Director.
Dr Christopher Leat has 33 years’ experience in Medicine and is a member of The Royal College of Physicians of London. Dr Leat has devoted the last 18 years to Cosmetic Medicine and is recognised throughout Australia as one of the most experienced doctors in the field of Cosmetic Medicine.
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