Dr Darren Marchant and his team at The Brisbane Hand & Upper Limb Clinic take the highest level of care and precautions to minimise the threat to patients and staff from the COVID-19. Dr Marchant’s office will stay open but will follow strict social distancing rules. Where possible only the patient should attend. If an appointment is suitable for a telehealth appointment then we will arrange this for you.
Patients over 70 years of age or patients over 55 years of age with chronic medical conditions should not attend unless necessary. If you are in this category and believe you do need to attend please call ahead to discuss your situation.
If you have ANY of the following please DO NOT visit the clinic. Instead please call ahead and we will arrange a telehealth consultation.
Fever, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath
Had contact with someone diagnosed with suspected or having Novel Coronavirus
Have travelled internationally or domestically in the last 14 days. Been in contact with someone who has returned from travel before their isolation period has expired and/or has tested positive to COVID-19.
The Federal Government has announced a shutdown of both private and public elective surgical services as of the 01.04.2020. Only Category 1 and urgent Category 2 surgical cases will be performed. As some orthopaedic procedures will not satisfy these criteria please call us to check if your condition is eligible, we can also offer you a consultation to clarify. The reasons to limit elective surgery is to limit the use of resources that may be needed in the front line to combat COVID-19 (including staff, nurses and doctors). It will also help to avoid exposure of elderly orthopaedic patients whilst in hospital. Also, orthopaedic surgery typically needs extensive rehabilitation and physiotherapy after surgery which may increase the chance of exposure of the recovering patient to the community.