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COVID-19: GP Alert (12 May 2020)

May 12, 2020

GP-led Respiratory Clinics

Four (4) GP-led respiratory have been established across the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN region to clinically assess people with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms (a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat and/or unusual fatigue).

If your practice does not have access to appropriate PPE/isolation rooms to assess patients with respiratory symptoms or test for COVID-19 when indicated, you can refer them to one of the clinics.

The respiratory clinics are staffed by GPs and will provide full assessment and management plans for patients presenting with respiratory symptoms. They are designed to complement existing fever clinics which have been established by the local hospital and health services.

Greater Ipswich (Purga) - Flinders Peak GP Respiratory Clinic

Location: Flinders Peak Medical Centre, 355 Ipswich Boonah Rd, Purga QLD 4306
Operating hours by appointment: 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday and 8:30am to 12:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
Making a booking: Anyone wishing to be seen at the Respiratory Clinic needs to make an appointment. To make an appointment or for more information, call 07 5464 6765.

Toowoomba - Carbal Medical Services GP Respiratory Clinic

Location:Toowoomba (Carbal Medical Services) Respiratory Clinic, 18-24 Charnley St, Kearneys Spring QLD 4350
Operating hours by appointment:8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday
Making a booking: Anyone wishing to be seen at the respiratory clinic needs to make an appointment. To make an appointment call 07 4580 1400 or book online.

Warwick - Condamine Medical Centre GP Respiratory Clinic

Location: 67 Guy St, Warwick QLD 4370
Operating hours by appointment: 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 11:30am Saturday.
Making a booking: Anyone wishing to be seen at the Respiratory clinic needs to make an appointment. For bookings or more information phone 07 4666 9666.

Greater Ipswich (Booval) - Kambu GP Respiratory Clinic

Location: Kambu - Booval, 3/160 Brisbane Road, Booval QLD 4304
Operating hours by appointment: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday
Making a booking: Anyone wishing to be seen at the respiratory clinic needs to make an appointment. For bookings or more information phone 0408 699 432Visit our COVID-19 webpage for full details about each clinic.

NBN upgrade for telehealth providers

As an essential service, telehealth providers are eligible for complementary upgrade offers from the NBN.

  • Telehealth providers on 12/1Mbps can be upgraded to 25/5Mbps (wholesale speed tiers) and those on plans based on the 25/5Mbps to 50/20Mbps, or Fixed Wireless Plus (wholesale speed tiers), where available.
  • Telehealth providers can also receive an enhanced fault rectification service that ensures faults are fixed within a specified timeframe. In addition, this comes with prioritised connections and fault resolutions case management through the NBN Co’s Business Operations Centre.

Click here for more information.

NEW – Frequently asked questions on elective surgery and procedures

Australian hospitals recommenced elective surgery, investigations and procedures on 27 April 2020, following a National Cabinet decision.

To assist health service organisations, clinicians, and consumers following the resumption of these surgeries in the COVID-19 environment, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has developed guidance on standard and transmission-based infection prevention and control precautions.

For more information, click on the FAQs below:

FAQs for clinicians on elective surgery
FAQs for consumers on elective surgery

NEW – Update on disinfectants for use against COVID-19

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has put together a list of disinfectant products that have been entered into the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods with specific claims against SARS-Cov-2 (COVID 19) or COVID-19 on the product label. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Webinars

12 May | 6:30pm - 7:30pm | URGO Medical | Atypical wounds - being an investigator and getting the diagnosis right | Click here to register

12 May | 8:00pm - 9:00pm | RDAA and ACRMM | COVID-19 Rural and Remote Response webinar | Click here to register

12 May | 7:00pm - 8:30pm | RACGP QLD | COVID-19: How are you going? | Click here to register

13 May | 7:20pm - 8:30am | Palliative Care QLD | Palliative Care Workforce Capacity Building: Self-care and Self Compassion | Click here to register

14 May | 11:30am - 12:00pm | Australian Government Department of Health | COVID-19 response update for GPs with Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd AM | Click here to register

14 May | 12:30pm - 1:30pm | AGPAL | Sustainability of business in a changing environment | Click here to register

14 May | 8:00pm - 9:00pm | RACGP National | Managing your workforce in a changing environment | Click here to register

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