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During the current pandemic all elective operating including weight loss surgery has been postponed. This has been done to preserve our PPE resources (masks, gloves, gowns etc) in anticipation of an influx of Covid-19 patients into both private and public hospitals. The masks that surgeons use are the same masks that nurses and doctors need to treat Covid-19 patients. Adelaide Bariatric Centre made an early decision to cease operating to preserve these resources.
It is imoortant however to understand that we are available for the continued care of our patients during this difficult time. Our clinic remains open and phone calls will continue to be answered.
Dietitians, clinical psychologists, bariatric physicians, clinic nurses and surgeons continue to conduct clinics to provide the ongoing support for our patients. Indeed this support has perhaps never been more important than during this period of isolation and reduced activity.
Where possible we will look to arrange consults over the phone. If patients do have to come to our clinics we will limit the number of patients in our waiting room. It goes without saying that our clinic is cleaned to the highest possible standards between each patient.
By working together we will get through this. Our clinic will always be here to support our patients.
We look forward to returning to normal activity including our surgery as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.
Please refer to the IFSO (International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders) recommendations for bariatric and metabolic surgery during the Covid-19 pandemic. Adelaide Bariatric Centre will be adhering to these recommendations.