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COVID-19: GP Alert (5 May 2020)

May 05, 2020

New respiratory clinics open in Toowoomba and Warwick

As a part of the Australian Government Department of Health’s response to COVID-19 testing and management, GP respiratory clinics are being established in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region.

The Toowoomba - Carbal Medical Services and Warwick - Condamine Medical Centre GP-led Respiratory Clinics are 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 respiratory clinic.

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.

  • 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 the 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.

TOOWOOMBA (CARBAL MEDICAL SERVICES) GP-LED 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-LED 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.

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CDNA guidance for symptom monitoring in health and aged care workers

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BreastScreen Queensland recommencing services

BreastScreen Queensland has advised they are starting to provide services again. The service is working to ensure women can access breast screening as soon as possible, where it is safe to do so, through a phased approach to service recommencement.

Currently the availability of services across the state varies and this will expand over time. People are encouraged to contact their local BreastScreen Queensland service on 13 20 50 regarding the availability of breast screening in their area. BreastScreen Queensland Services are also contacting women who had their appointment cancelled during the suspension period to schedule new appointments as a matter of priority, however all eligible women are able to access breast screening services as they become available.

More information about BreastScreen Queensland is available at www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au


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