COVID-19: GP Alert (15 July 2020)
July 15, 2020
NEW – Increasing testing in QLD
With increased easing of restrictions and more interstate travellers entering Queensland, testing remains a vital component of the COVID-19 response. Queensland Hospitals and Health Services are increasing testing rates through pop-up clinics, fever clinics and working with GPs and private pathology providers, for example. Daily testing numbers are reported to the State Health Emergency Coordination Centre (SHECC) and are monitored to ensure appropriate levels of testing are occurring.
Reminder that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested, and all health care workers must isolate until swab result returns, (and resolution of symptoms if negative).
UPDATE – NSW situation
Campbelltown and Liverpool in New South Wales have been declared hotspots, requiring anyone travelling into Queensland from these two areas to quarantine in a hotel. It comes as 28 cases of COVID-19 in NSW have now been linked to the Crossroads Hotel in Casula, Sydney. Anyone in Queensland who has travelled through NSW and stopped at the hotel between 3-10 July is urged to get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days. It is estimated that 4000 people may have been exposed.
UPDATED - GP Assessment and Management of patients with COVID-19 flowchart
The GP Assessment and Management of patients with COVID-19 flowchart has been updated.
Click here to view the flowchart.
NEW – UQ COVID-19 human trial begins
Human trials of a potential Coronavirus vaccine have started in Queensland. Developed by the University of Queensland, the vaccine will be trialled on 120 volunteers to examine the safety and immune response. Preliminary results are expected by the end of September.
NEW – Testing fact sheet
Laboratory testing for SARS-CoV-2 has evolved over the course of the pandemic and continues to advance as more is known about the virus and testing capability is enhanced.
Testing for SARS-CoV-2 should be done in conjunction with assessment and testing for other potential causes of the person’s presentation, as deemed appropriate by the treating clinician and in line with local protocols. A testing fact sheet, including frequently asked questions, can be accessed here.
Online mental health case discussion and peer support group for GPs
Due to popular demand, The Black Dog Institute have launched another online GP case discussion and peer support group. This group:
- Is a forum to explore topics and cases you want to discuss
- Is accredited with both RACGP (40 CPD pts) and ACRRM (8 hrs CPD)
- Facilitated by Dr Jan Orman - GP with expertise in mental health
- Will meet over 8 sessions for one hour - attendance at all sessions is a requirement of accreditation
Click here to register for this group.