March 17, 2020
Breast Cancer Care WA understands you may have questions about coronavirus. Please note this is a changing situation and advice will be updated daily. We recommend following advice from the Department of Health and the World Health Organization regarding the approach to coronavirus (COVID-19).
We know that people with compromised immune systems are more at risk from serious infection of COVID-19, and reducing opportunities for exposure is our main priority during this outbreak.
Please note all policies have been made from a precautionary point of view. There has been no threat to staff or clients of exposure at our sites.
As of March 9, we have decided to proactively put support groups on hold in order to reduce the risk to our clients.
Counsellors have been in touch with clients about this change in schedule, and to answer any questions.
Individual Counselling and Breast Care Nurse Support
As of March 16, counselling and breast care nurse support continues as usual, but individual appointments will be conducted via telephone or video conference. No face-to-face appointments will be conducted to protect our clients and staff from accidental exposure. Our counsellors and nurses will be in touch to discuss this approach prior to appointments.
Preventing the Spread
Currently we are not accepting unscheduled visitors at the Breast Cancer Care WA office. This is a preventative measure to allow our team to work without risk of exposure, and to protect our clients and supporters. If you need to speak to a member of our team, please phone on 9324 3073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to go for trusted COVID-19 information
Hygiene Guidelines from the Department of Health:
1. Practise good hand hygiene and sneeze/cough hygiene as that is the best defence against most viruses:
a. Wash hands frequently with soap and water after touching possible infected surfaces. This includes before and after eating, and after going to the toilet. Limit touching your face, including eyes, nose and mouth.
b. Cover coughs and sneezes, dispose of tissues and wash hands after with soap and water;
c. Use alcohol-based hand sanitiser - carry one in your handbag and use where supplied as you enter and leave public buildings;
2. If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus please follow these instructions provided by the Department of Health.
Thank you for looking after our special community. If you have any concerns, please call our office on 9324 3703.