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COVID-19: Timeline to re-commence Spirometry services

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

The Thoracic Society Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ) and the Australia New Zealand Society of Respiratory Science (ANZSRS) have recently recommended that respiratory function testing in this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic can be resumed. In the occupational health setting our Sonic HealthPlus clinics are preparing to meet the additional safety requirements as advised in the TSANZ-ANZSRS communique.

It includes the introduction of the use of disposable in-line bio-filters (bacterial/viral) for all spirometry tests that are performed. The TSANZ/ANZSRS safety criteria is aimed at minimising the exposure to respiratory pathogens for both the worker and staff performing a spirometry test.

 

Timeline

The re-introduction of Spirometry testing in Sonic Health Plus clinics will be staged in the following manner:

Clinics in QLD and NSW

  • With immediate effect the Sonic HealthPlus clinics in QLD and NSW are able to take bookings for and perform all spirometry testing (including Qld CMWHS and Qld Mineral Mines and Quarries Respirable Crystalline Silica spirometry).
  • NOTE: The exception here being NSW CS medicals which will ONLY be allowed to re-commence for NSW CS registered clinics once they have been assessed and approved as meeting the current NSW Coal Services requirements by NSW CS and the Sonic HealthPlus SpiroQuality Team.
  • Travel Doctor TMVC clinics in these states are included.

Clinics in VIC, TAS, SA, WA and NT

  • All Sonic HealthPlus clinics located in these states will resume spirometry testing on Monday, 18 May 2020.
  • Travel Doctor TMVC clinics in these states are included.
The Sonic HealthPlus results management team will commence contacting all candidates that will require rebooking for the spirometry component as per our earlier communications.

Please contact your client partner for further information.
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