Telehealth information for Dr Chia's patients

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth refers to providing medical consultations over the phone or via videoconferencing. This has been an accepted method of providing care to rural and remote areas for many years. With Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the need for social distancing Telehealth has become increasingly helpful in providing specialist care to patients whilst they undergo self-isolation or quarantine, and reduce the risk of exposure to the virus for the community.

What services can be provided by Telehealth?

Telehealth is suitable for all consultations that do not require a physical examination. Limited examinations can be performed via the Telehealth platform.

Dr Chia will take a full history and review all imaging. Any further tests such as CT scans or MRI scans can be arranged. Dr Chia will take the time necessary to discuss your problem and work out a treatment plan.

What if surgery is recommended?

Emergency (urgent and essential) orthopaedic surgery will continue during the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent future physical disability.

Such cases include:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations (unreduced)
  • Infections
  • Acute major tendon disruptions (such as biceps, pectoralis major)

Elective (non-urgent) surgery has been suspended in line with NSW Health  , the Australian Orthopaedic Association    and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons  .

Such cases include:

  • Arthroplasty (joint replacement)
  • Instability surgery
  • Rotator cuff surgery

Should Dr Chia recommend surgical intervention you will be placed on a pending list with surgery scheduled once elective surgery recommences.

In the interim, Dr Chia will recommend nonsurgical treatments that can help alleviate painful symptoms until surgery can be performed.

For appointments and enquiries, please phone (02) 8014 4252

Peninsula Orthopaedics
Suite 20, Level 7
Northern Beaches Hospital
105 Frenchs Forest Road
Frenchs Forest NSW 2086

Mona Vale Rooms
Suite 502, 20 Bungan Street
Mona Vale NSW 2103

Cremorne Rooms
Suite 1, 402 Military Road
Cremorne NSW 2090

Northside Orthopaedics
Suite 403, Level 4
San Clinic
Sydney Adventist Hospital
185 Fox Valley Road
Wahroonga NSW 2076

Orthopaedic Associates
Level 1, Suite 1
Lakeview Private Hospital
17-19 Solent Circuit
Norwest NSW 2153

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