COVID – 19 UPDATE
Dear valued patients,
It is very likely that the infrastructure and resources of the health care system in most countries of the world will be strained by the spread of COVID-19 in the coming weeks, especially when it comes to caring for the most seriously ill patients.
While social distancing, crowd control and other techniques are being imposed in many countries to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 prevalence, it is also important to think ahead about the individuals who will nevertheless become infected.
We plastic surgeons, by nature, have a high percentage of patients whose operations and treatments are neither acute nor urgent, and these are what are known as elective procedures or treatments.
Our highest priority is to protect you as our patient from unnecessary risk.
Under the recommendation of our hospital board at DGMC, our practice will postpone such non-urgent elective surgery and consultations at least until the end of the 16th of April. We will keep monitoring the situation and send regular feedback to our patients.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience to you but hope that you understand the goals: to save resources, which are needed urgently elsewhere, for example in intensive care and emergency medicine; to protect you as our patient; and to protect personnel.
In the times of COVID-19, even in well-organized health systems there are currently shortages and delivery difficulties of emergency drugs, antibiotics, protective gowns, masks, disinfectants and infusions worldwide. Quarantine measures or infections can also lead to bottlenecks for medical personnel.
As responsible plastic surgeons, we hope to make our small contribution in this way, making scarce materials and medical staff available for emergencies.
We know exactly how much you have been preparing for the planned operation, maybe even looking forward to it, maybe taking a holiday, planning help and planning replacements at work, but we must follow the recommendations and hope that these will help to stop the rapid spread of the virus and to fight the serious course of the disease worldwide. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience caused.
We thank you again for your understanding and in the meantime, my PA (Gill) and nurse (Laura) will contact you to assist you in rescheduling your appointment. Otherwise please call the practice to make a new appointment.
Please stay healthy and take care.
Dr. Dimitri Liakos