The Vein Clinic’s Corona Cautious Precautions
COVID-19 vaccination and vein treatment
With so many unknowns in the ever-changing landscape of our world lately, it can be hard to know what to do and how to act. The COVID-19 vaccination options now available mean a way forward out of the pandemic, but it can be confusing factoring vaccination in with your vein treatment.
The Australian College of Phlebology (ACP) Standards Committee advises a degree of caution regarding the timing of treatments. It is suggested that:
- A minimum period of 2 weeks before and after the administration of the vaccine would be an appropriate interval time,
- The AstraZeneca vaccine was associated with increased risk of clotting events, but this so far has not been shown to be the case with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines,
- Varicose veins do not seem to put you at an increased risk of a clotting event from having either brand of vaccine, and is not a reason to avoid vaccination.
What are we doing?
As a specialist medical practice with a private on-site treatment room, we already have comprehensive and strict hygiene and infection control policies. Our priority is keeping our staff and you safe. Please read our current screening and check-in requirements before you come to our centre.
- Screening all patients prior to booking and attending appointments.
- Maintaining social distancing, including in our waiting rooms and reception areas.
- We already have best practice infection control and sterilization protocols, but we have put further emphasis on this and implemented additional cleaning measures for common areas.
- Checking the temperature of every patient upon arrival. We do so with a non-contact thermometer that scans the middle of the forehead.
- Hand sanitizer available at reception.
- Strict protocol surrounding patient contact – you will only be touched if absolutely necessary, consultants will wear disposable gloves and wash their hands immediately before and after.
- All ultrasound equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
- Our treatment room continues to be a sterile environment with new, disposable sterile equipment used for each patient.
- Ensuring we’re up to date with the latest government advice and constantly reviewing and updating our Response Plan in line with this advice.
Can I still make an appointment?
Yes, of course. We are open as per usual and continue to operate to the highest standards of hygiene and sterilization. We will continue to go above and beyond to help our patients achieve relief from the debilitating symptoms of venous insufficiency. To book an appointment, please contact the practice on (08) 9200 3450 or send us an email.
If you have an appointment you feel you would rather reschedule please let us know so we can make the appropriate changes to staffing levels and other booked appointments.
What can I do to help?
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
If so, we ask that you please contact us to reschedule your appointment.
If you are well and coming in for your appointment:
- Wear a face mask at all times, if mandated by the WA Government – no mask, no entry – unless you have a lawful exemption.
- Sanitise your hands.
- Check-in via ServiceWA or SafeWA, or paper-based contact register.
- Comply with our policy of checking the temperature of every patient on arrival. If your temperature is above 37.5˚ we will need you to reschedule your appointment.
- Observe 1.5m social distancing in the waiting room/at reception. We have plenty of seating and often minimal crossover between patient bookings.
- Please attend your appointment alone. If this is not possible, please limit to 1 support person to ensure we adhere to social distancing protocols.
We ask for your cooperation with any requests made by our team, based off current state advice and guidelines. Please note these guidelines may change at any time.
All our staff are trained and dedicated, you will always be treated with courtesy and respect. In return, we ask that you and any accompanying visitors treat our administrative and clinical staff with the same courtesy and respect.
- Australian Government – Department of Health
- Government of Western Australia – Department of Health
- COVID-19 coronavirus: What you can and can’t do