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COVID-19: GP Alert (26 May 2020)

May 26, 2020

James Neil Medical GP Respiratory Clinic now open in Toowoomba

The James Neil Medical GP-led Respiratory Clinic is now open 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 now refer them to the James Neil Medical Respiratory Clinic.

The James Neil Medical GP Respiratory Clinic is the second clinic to open to open in Toowoomba. The Toowoomba (Carbal) Respiratory Clinic is also open to anyone in the community with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Details about both clinics can be found below.

The respiratory clinics are staffed by GPs and nurses 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 and are generally staffed by nurses to assess and test only patients meeting current COVID-19 testing criteria.

Patients who present to the GP respiratory clinics who meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing will be tested accordingly, with results to be carbon copied to their usual GP.

  • If a patient tests positive, the patient will be referred to the local Public Health Unit.
  • If a patient tests negative, the patient will be notified of the result by staff at respiratory clinic.

Depending on the symptoms of the patient, the patient will be referred back to their usual GP and/or provided with a management plan.

RESPIRATORY CLINIC DETAILS - JAMES NEIL MEDICAL
Location: Corner of James & Neil Streets, 119 – 121 Neil St, Toowoomba QLD 4350
Operating hours by appointment: Initially opening 8:30am – 12:00pm Monday to Friday, with the intention to build to 8:30am – 5:00pm 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 4632 4888.


RESPIRATORY CLINIC DETAILS - TOOWOOMBA (CARBAL MEDICAL SERVICES)
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.

Respiratory clinics are also open in Purga and Booval in the Greater Ipswich area, and at Warwick. For full details, visit our COVID-19 webpage.


UPDATE - CDNA Guidelines 22 May 2020

The updated CDNA National guidelines for public health units includes revisions to the case definition, case management and contact management. The key change includes a revised threshold temperature for probable and suspect cases of ≥37.5°C.

The revised guidelines also report that for confirmed cases reported globally, the case fatality rate is approximately 6.6%. However, based on surveillance data notified in Australia as of 22 May 2020, the crude national case fatality rate is 1.4% (101 deaths/7,083 confirmed cases).
public health.

Click here to view the guidelines

Revised Domestic Family Violence Toolkit and resources available

The revised Domestic Family Violence (DFV) Toolkit of Resources is now available to all Queensland health professionals. Click here to view the toolkit.

There is also a DFV Factsheet which provides guidance on how to recognise, respond, and refer safely and appropriately to suspicions and disclosures of DFV within the context of COVID-19. The factsheet includes a Safety Planning Checklist which considers the complexity of safety planning within the context of community containment measures.

Justice Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response—Wills and Enduring Documents) Regulation 2020

As part of the COVID-19 emergency response—there have been some legislative changes in relation to wills and enduring documents.

The Justice Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response—Wills and Enduring Documents) Regulation 2020 was made on Thursday 14 May 2020.

This regulation is time limited until 31 December 2020 and allows for:

  • an audio-visual link to make, sign or witness an enduring document
  • nurse practitioners to complete the certificate in an Advance Health Directive (AHD) form certifying a person has capacity to make the document.

Australian Journal of General Practice

The Australian Journal of General Practice (AJGP) has developed a dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage. Important, relevant and timely articles will be published as they become available in addition to the scheduled monthly release of AJGP.

Click here to read the AJGP articles.

Upcoming Webinars

  • The Heart Foundation | Caring for people with cardiovascular disease (CVD) during COVID-19 | Tuesday, 26 May 7:00pm - 8:00pm | Register here

  • RACGP National | GP practice owners: communicating with patients during a crisis | Thursday, 28 May 7:30pm - 8:30pm | Register here

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