MAM issues directives effective as of Monday

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Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Medical Association of Malta, MAM, has issued a set of directives to doctors in the Public Service as the government has not yet cancelled mass events. In a statement issued by the association to announce the directives, MAM once again urged the government to follow the medical advice in the ongoing pandemic and not to put lives and livelihoods at risk unnecessarily. 

The following are the directives issued by MAM;

Mater Dei Hospital

  • From Monday 3rd August, all Mater Dei outpatients appointments are postponed, and doctor are directed not to attend for those sessions. This directive will remain in force for one week. 
  • All elective surgery will be postponed from Wednesday 5th August up to Tuesday 12th August.
  •  All elective ultrasound lists are postponed from Monday 3rd August.  This directive will remain in force for one week. 
  • All doctors in the Accident and Emergency Department are exempt from directives  

Health Centres

  • All 42 Community Clinics will remain closed and no General Practitioners will attend. This directive will remain in force for one week
  • All Health Centres will set up a triage desk which will be manned by a doctor at all times. 
  • Only urgent cases will be seen. Non urgent patients will be encouraged to postpone their appointment or call the telemedicine centre. 
  • All clinically stable patients with COVID symptoms will be asked to call 111 and be swabbed before they are seen
  • All doctors are to wear PPE in all clinical areas
  • All diabetic and medical consultant clinic appointments will be postponed or held by telephone

MAM has also issued directives for its members working in the public sector in Gozo;

  • From Monday 3rd August, all Gozo General Hospital outpatients appointments are postponed. This directive will remain in force for one week. (Doctors working in Oncology, psychiatry, geriatrics and paediatrics are exempt)
  • All Community Clinics will remain closed. 
  • All patients will be triaged at the Rabat Health Centre. Non-urgent appointments will be postponed and patients with symptoms of COVID will be asked to call 111 and get a swab before they are seen. 

Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre (SAMOC)

  • All Doctors in SAMOC are exempt from directives 

Mount Carmel Hospital and community psychiatry

  • All Doctors in psychiatry are exempt from directives for now. 

Public Health doctors and doctors working in swabbing centres

  • Exempt from directives. 

Karen Grech Hospital, Geriatrics and Rehabilitation Medicine

  • Exempt from directives. 

The Medical Association of Malta has also encouraged doctors to apply to work some sessions in swabbing and contact tracing in order to keep up with demand.  MAM explained that while this should be on a voluntary basis, doctors should be paid at normal rates.