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COVID-19: GP Alert (21 December 2020)

December 21, 2020

Testing at GP Respiratory Clinics to include asymptomatic patients who have visited Greater Sydney

Please be aware that the Commonwealth has advised that GP Respiratory Clinics can now conduct targeted asymptomatic testing on patients self-presenting for COVID-testing who have visited Greater Sydney or the NSW Central Coast and/or any of the listed high-risk venues from 11 December, or otherwise directed by jurisdictional public health authorities and advice to get tested.

This approval is temporary and is in place until Wednesday 23 December 2020.
Patients must make an appointment before attending a GP Respiratory Clinic.

You can view a full list of COVID-19 hotspots here (as of 21 December 2020).

Please also read the COVID-19 Screening Information for NSW Hotspots Fact Sheet for more information.

GP Respiratory Clinic opening hours

Please note the following changes to operating hours for the GP Respiratory Clinics over the Christmas/New Year period (these times may be updated to respond to demand). Patients will need to book their appointments with the individual clinic as per the instructions on our COVID-19 webpage.

Additional testing options:

  • The Charlton Testing Clinic continues to be open in the Darling Downs from 8:30am to 4:00pm seven days a week (including all public holidays - this includes Christmas Day). The testing clinic is available to people travelling in cars, trucks and vehicles with caravans. For more information, click here.
  • The Baillie Henderson Fever Clinic in Toowoomba is has been temporarily opened. The clinic is open today (21 December) until 6:00pm and Tuesday, 22 December and Wednesday, 23 December from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Wait times can vary.
  • The Ipswich Hospital Fever Clinic continues to be open from 8:00am – 4:00pm seven days a week (including public holidays except Christmas Day). For more information, click here.

Please note the following changes to operating hours for the GP Respiratory Clinics over the Christmas/New Year period (these times may be updated to respond to demand). Patients will need to book their appointments with the individual clinic as per the instructions on our COVID-19 webpage.

REMINDER - QLD patient assessment management

QLD GP ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT PATHWAYS OF PATIENTS WITH SUSPECTED COVID-19

TRIAGE PROCESS

  • You can view a list of venues in Queensland for contact tracing here.
  • Please ask whether a person is currently in quarantine and has symptoms.

HEALTHPATHWAYS

  • Visit your local HealthPathways for the latest COVID-19 guidelines affecting GPs.

Darling Downs HealthPathways
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West Moreton HealthPathways
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UPDATED - Border restrictions

Following an increase in cases in Greater Sydney, additional restrictions have been implemented to protect Queenslanders.

From 1am this morning (Monday 21 December), Greater Sydney (as defined by NSW Health – Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Illawarra-Shoalhaven and Nepean Blue Mountains) has been declared a hotspot.

Anyone who has been in Greater Sydney since 11 December will not be allowed into Queensland without an exemption. If an exemption is granted, travellers will have to go into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Anyone travelling to Queensland from NSW will need a Queensland Border Declaration Pass which must be displayed on their vehicle. These passes will be checked at border checkpoints which have been re-established by Queensland Police.

Queensland residents

Queensland residents returning from Greater Sydney will have 24 hours after 1am Monday 21 December to get a border pass, return to their residence in Queensland, get tested and quarantine at home for 14 days from when they left the hotspot.

From 1am Tuesday 22 December, Queenslanders returning from Greater Sydney will be required to get a border pass to enter Queensland and undertake 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine.

Anyone already in Queensland who has been in Greater Sydney since 11 December should get tested and home quarantine until they get their result. Home quarantine requirements include not taking visitors and remaining in your home.

Update to hospital, aged care and disability service entry requirements

Visitors, staff and volunteers are not allowed to enter these facilities if they have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter). As above, Greater Sydney (as defined by NSW Health – Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Illawarra-Shoalhaven and Nepean Blue Mountains) is currently declared a hotspot. More information is available in the individual Directions below.

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