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COVID-19: GP Alert (29 March 2021)

March 29, 2021

Additional PPE escalation guidance

Clinical Excellence Queensland, Deputy Director-General, Dr Jillann Farmer has provided additional guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) as Queensland Health continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Queensland and nationally.

As you may be aware, in addition to the precautions outlined in the letter of 26 March 2021, Queensland Health is advising the commencement of a three-day lockdown for the Greater Brisbane area from 5 pm on 29 March 2021. These arrangements are intended to limit the further spread of COVID-19 in the community and allow an assessment of risk of any further exposure in the community.

The following Local Government Areas (LGAs) have now been determined by the Chief Health Officer to be in the “moderate” risk category.

  • Brisbane City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Redland City Council
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Rockhampton Regional Council
  • Gladstone Regional Council

All other LGAs remain in the ‘low’ risk category, however masks must be worn in indoor spaces including hospitals and strongly recommended outdoors when physical distancing of more than 1.5m is not possible.

Please note that all of Queensland has been declared a Restricted Area for the purposes of the Aged Care Direction and the Disability Accommodation Services Direction, and this means that all RACFs and Disability Accommodation Services, regardless of LGA, are to implement “moderate” precautions.

In the escalated LGAs, all health and care settings are to escalate use of PPE, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Residential Aged Care Facilities
  • Residential Disability Care Facilities
  • Prison Health Services
  • Youth detention health services
  • Community health care settings (including general practice, dentistry and home care settings)

The PPE escalation will remain in place until notification that it has been rescinded by the Chief Health Officer. Click here to read the full letter

Please refer to Pandemic Response Guidance – Personal Protective Equipment in Healthcare Delivery

GP respiratory clinics update

NOW UNDERTAKING TARGETED TESTING OF ASYMPTOMATIC PEOPLE

The Commonwealth Department of Health has confirmed that GP respiratory clinics located in Queensland can conduct targeted asymptomatic testing as of today on patients self-presenting for COVID-19 testing who have been direct by jurisdictional public health authorities to get tested.

This allowance will be in place until Sunday, 11 April 2021 and will be reviewed before this date.

Any patients who meet this remit should attend via a booking and be entered within the App as per normal.

GP RESPIRATORY CLINICS EXTENDED HOURS IN LINE WITH DEMAND

GP respiratory clinics across the Darling Downs and West Moreton are increasing their hours of operation to cater to testing demand. Please direct your patients to call the clinics directly for appointment availability.

There are six (6) GP respiratory clinics in the region. Details for these can be found on our COVID-19 webpage.

West Moreton Health - Urgent GP Forum

West Moreton Health Chief Medical Officer and GPLO will host an Urgent GP Forum tomorrow to provide an update to GPs on the unfolding COVID-19 situation and have a discussion with general practice on addressing the growing healthcare needs in our community.

DATE: Tuesday, 30 March 2021
TIME: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JOIN THE MEETING: Click here to join the meeting

REMINDER - COVID-19 vaccine HealthPathways now live

The COVID-19 vaccine HealthPathways are now live, which include:

  • COVID-19 vaccination information
  • COVID-19 vaccination procedure
  • Preparing for COVID-19 vaccination

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