How does COVID-19 affect skin cancer checks?
COVID-19 pandemic conditions are likely to apply for the foreseeable future. Skin cancers will continue to occur during this time, so it is important to have suspicious spots examined and undergo skin cancer checks if you are at high risk. We have diagnosed multiple melanomas and other skin cancers during COVID-19 restrictions. These might have had worse outcomes if the diagnosis had been delayed until after restrictions eased.
Currently in Melbourne there is minimal coronavirus transmission and restrictions are relatively relaxed.
Clinic COVID-19 policy and infection control procedures
Before your consultation...
If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms, or if you believe that you may be at risk of coronavirus, please do not attend the clinic.
- Call us on 03 9098 7474 to reschedule your appointment, or send photos of any suspicious spots to us directly
- Follow Department of Health and Human Services recommendations and have a Covid-19 test. See the DHHS Coronavirus website for testing locations.
In the waiting room...
- Only patients and essential non-patients (e.g. parents and carers) may enter the clinic.
- Eating and drinking is prohibited in the waiting room.
- Follow instructions from our staff to manage social distancing and patient flow.
- Ensure that your children comply with this policy and any requests from our staff.
During your consultation...
- We prefer you to enter the consultation alone (ie without partners or relatives unless you are a parent or guardian accompanying a child or a carer for a clinic patient)
- Wearing a mask is optional.
We apologise if any of these procedures cause any inconvenience or delay your consultation. These conditions may change in response to changing COVID-19 restrictions.