COVID-19

COVID-19 Information

The safety of our patients and staff is our highest priority.

Seaford Day Surgery will follow the SA Health and Australian Government Department of Health guidelines and recommendations. As such our response to the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving, and we are committed to protecting the health and well-being of our patients and their carers, as well as our staff, doctors and contractors involved in our hospital operations.

In order to ensure your safety during your admission, it has been necessary to make some changes to the admission process of our patients. We strive to make your admission as smooth as possible, and for patients and visitors to be informed of these current changes, we aim to help this process.

COVID-19 Testing

All patients regardless of vaccination status are required to have a Covid Test prior to admission for surgery.  Seaford Day Surgery will advise you the requirements for testing before your procedure.

COVID-19 and Patient Screening

All patients will receive a pre-operative telephone call from one of our nurses one or two days prior to surgery date. You will be asked exclusion criteria questions during the telephone call specific to you and the people in your household.

Screening questions include:

  • if you have any of these signs/symptoms; fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath
  • have travelled from overseas in the 14 days
  • have arrived from interstate in the last 14 days from any area listed by SA Health as an active potential exposure site for COVID-19
  • have had contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • your COVID-19 vaccination status.

If you develop any signs/symptoms during the 14 days prior to your surgery date or after your pre-operative telephone call, you are urged to attend a COVID-19 clinic for testing. You will be required to return a negative COVID-19 test result for admission to proceed. Please ensure that you bring your test results with you on the day of admission.

Day of Admission

  • Everyone that enters our hospital must be wearing a clean surgical mask unless you have an exemption – cloth masks are not acceptable.
  • Evidence of exemption must be shown to the Reception Team.
  • Everyone that enters our hospital must be wearing a clean surgical mask unless you have an exemption – cloth masks are not acceptable.
  • Evidence of exemption must be shown to the Reception Team.
  • Please check in using the SA Health QR Code and use the hand hygiene gel to sanitise your hands.
  • Social distancing must be maintained if you are waiting for our Reception Team.
  • Please present to the Reception Desk where you will be welcomed by one of our team. After confirming your name, they will confirm your appointment and take your temperature.
  • All patients and visitors will be screened on arrival for COVID-19 risk factors.
  • Should you need to make a financial transaction, Electronic Payment is the preferred method as our aim is for cashless transactions.
  • Due to restriction and limitation of visitors coming to Seaford Surgery, we ask that you only have one family member/support person escorting you.
  • After you have been through the admission process with our Reception Team and your carers contact information has been confirmed they will be asked to leave the premises. Your nurse will contact them approximately 30 minutes before you are ready to go home following your procedure so that they may come and collect you.

Our waiting room has been designated a patient only waiting room.

We also aim to decrease the amount of time our patients wait prior to their procedure.

  • Due to limited waiting room space and the need for social distancing, some of the seats have been removed.
  • We encourage patients to arrive at the advised time and not too early. This is to decrease the amount of time spent in the waiting area and to avoid the potential risk of there being too many patients in the allocated space.

We hope you will be understanding of these actions when you visit our hospital and remember that we have taken these steps to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our patients and their carers, as well as our staff, doctors and community as safe as possible.

Information about COVID-19 and community response continues to evolve, and we will ensure that we adapt our protocols to incorporate best practice as this information becomes available.

Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding any further concerns or questions.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

Seaford Day Surgery Team