We wanted to provide you with an update as it relates to your eye health and care during these uncertain times. The one thing we know about COVID-19 is that we are ever evolving with it.
You may have heard the as of 1st April 2020, the Australian Government has cancelled all public and private elective surgeryfor the foreseeable future. This is to free up people and resources – medical supplies, hospital beds and ventilators that may be required for the critically ill.
Newcastle Eye Centre, Maitland Eye Centre, Singleton Eye Centre and Muswellbrook Eye Centre are still open to see patients with urgent eye problems and who need any type of treatment for sight preservation.
These practices will be open from Monday to Thursday. You can call for an appointment or you can choose to have a video consult with Dr Hollenbach. All other non-urgent appointments have now been rescheduled or cancelled, but we are contactable, if you are concerned about your eye health in any way.
We ask you to cancel your appointment if you come in to contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or if you develop symptoms of a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, aches and pains, tiredness or headaches (all of which can be similar to the common cold or flu).
If you have any after-hours urgent eye problems Dr Hollenbach will be available on his mobile phone which your GP will provide you with if needed.
Most of the local optometry practices have closed, so the best option for you if you have an urgent eye problem is to call our rooms within office hours or else get in contact with your GP after hours. The other alternative is to go to the Emergency department at the John Hunter Hospital and see the registrar. It is probably safer not to access this option unless absolutely necessary.
We are all well, and plan on remaining so and are doing everything we can to care for ourselves and our community for as long as we are able.
This information is provided to inform and support and is not a substitute for medical advice with your own doctor. Please consult your doctor if you are concerned about your health.