A letter received from the Chief Allied Health Officer has shown there will a slight relaxing of the requirements for treatment from the 28th September.
The 3 criteria are:
- to prevent a significant deterioration in functional independence which would result in an escalation of care needs (such as increased frequency in treatment, significant increase in pain, specialist input, or substantial increase in recovery time as a result of delayed care)
- for assessment and diagnostic purposes for those people whose care has been delayed during stage 4 restrictions, and where further delay likely to result in deterioration (e.g. diagnostic imaging and assessment for prescription of assistive technology)
- to provide essential pre-operative or post-operative elective surgery care
The biggest difference is the ’emergency only’ element appears to have been removed, which is good news.
So according to these new criteria, if you are experiencing pain (mental or physical in my opinion) that you feel will get worse without treatment, then treatment is allowed. Similarly too if treatment NOW will prevent you more needing more treatment later, then treatment is allowed.
If you were unable to book in for initial appointment during Stage 4 – then you can book in now so we can assess your situation if you feel you will deteriorate further without it.
As before, it appears ‘routine’ treatment is still not allowed, but if you feel your symptoms have worsened without treatment, then it is no longer ‘routine’ and now falls under the first dot point.
As stated below, bookings will need to be made over the phone, no online bookings at this time.