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COVID-19: GP Alert (8 January 2021)

January 08, 2021

Lockdown in Greater Brisbane area including parts of West Moreton

As you are likely aware, the Queensland Government has announced a 3-day lockdown for five Local Government Areas (LGAs) to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 (specifically the UK B.1.1.7 strain), including:

In anticipation of the increase in the need for personal protective equipment (PPE), PHN will be providing general practices in the West Moreton region with a once off, limited supply of surgical masks and eye protection for use in your practice.

Updates for primary care relevant to the lockdown measures

USE OF PPE
Everyone in affected LGAs should wear face masks as outlined – this includes healthcare workers when attending work during the lockdown period. Additionally, essential workers from an affected LGA who are working outside of that area are also required to wear face masks.

MOVEMENT OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS
All healthcare professionals and staff are considered essential workers. Essential workers, including healthcare professionals, may travel for work purposes into or out of the affected LGAs to anywhere else in Queensland.

Essential workers should continue to work as usual but should return to their home or residence at the end of their work. Outside of essential work the same restrictions on movement applies if they were residing in or have been in an affected LGA.

Healthcare workers from the LGA should be considered for COVID-19 testing and quarantine in line with the Directives as usual. This includes if they develop symptoms or if they were in any of the contact tracing areas of concern.

CLINICAL PLACEMENTS
Students are considered non-essential workers. Students who are currently in the affected LGAs should comply with the Directions. At this time, this includes restrictions on their movements, which will have practical implications for their placements. This decision will be reviewed regularly to minimise disruption to their training.

GP Respiratory Clinic operating hours

Patients will need to book an appointment before attending a GP Respiratory Clinic as per the instructions on our COVID-19 webpage.

GP Respiratory Clinics are monitoring and adapting to the situation through additional staff and hours as required.

WEST MORETON GP RESPIRATORY CLINICS

  • Chuwar Respiratory Clinic (Health Matters Karalee)
    • Open Friday, 8 January 8:00am – 7:00pm (later if demand dictates)
    • Open Saturday, 9 January 8:00am – 5:00pm (later if demand dictates)
    • Open Sunday, 10 January 8:00am – 5:00pm (later if demand dictates)
    • Open Monday, 11 January 8:00am – 5:00pm (later if demand dictates)
  • Purga Respiratory Clinic (Flinders Peak Medical Centre)
    • Open Friday, 8 January 8:00am – 4:00pm
    • Open Saturday, 9 January 8:00am – 12:00pm (later if demand dictates)
    • Open Sunday, 10 9:30am – 12:00pm
    • Open Monday, 11 January 8:00am – 12:00pm (potentially until 2:00pm)
  • Booval (Kambu) Respiratory Clinic
    • Open Friday, 8 January 8:30am – 5:00pm
    • Open Saturday, 9 January 8:30am – 5:00pm
    • Closed Sunday, 10 January
    • Open Monday, 11 January 8:30am – 5:00pm

DARLING DOWNS GP RESPIRATORY CLINICS

  • Toowoomba (Carbal) Respiratory Clinic
    • Open Friday, 8 January 9:00am – 4:30pm
    • Open Saturday, 9 January 9:00am – 1:00pm
    • Open Sunday, 10 January 9:00am – 1:00pm
    • Open Monday, 11 January 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Toowoomba (James Neil Medical) Respiratory Clinic
    • Closed Friday, 8 January – Monday, 11 January
    • Open Tuesday, 12 January 8:30am – 4:30pm (later if demand dictates)
  • Warwick Respiratory Clinic (Condamine Medical Centre)
    • Open Friday, 8 January 9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Open Saturday, 9 January 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Closed Sunday, 10 January
    • Open Monday, 11 January 9:00am – 4:00pm

Additional testing options available at QLD Health Fever Clinics and through private pathology:

WEST MORETON FEVER CLINICS

  • Ipswich Hospital Fever Clinic continues to be open from 8:00am – 4:00pm seven days a week. For more information, click here.

DARLING DOWNS FEVER CLINICS

  • Baillie Henderson Testing Clinic (drive-through) is open 8:30am – 4:00pm for Friday, 8 January, Saturday, 9 January, Sunday, 10 January and Monday, 11 January.
  • Charlton Testing Clinic continues to be open in the Darling Downs from 8:30am to 4:00pm seven days a week.
  • Drive-through testing clinics are also open 8:00am – 5:00pm at Warwick Hospital, Stanthorpe Hospital and Goondiwindi Hospital on Friday, 8 January, Saturday, 9 January, Sunday, 10 January and Monday, 11 January – please phone ahead

PRIVATE PATHOLOGY TESTING

  • Private pathology providers have clarified they do offer tests for children younger than 5 years at many of their clinics.
  • For a time-limited period, private pathology providers have been approved through Queensland Health to provide COVID-19 testing for some patients without a GP referral (request) form.
  • Find further details on locations at their websites: Sullivan Nicolaides, QML, Mater Pathology, and 4Cyte.

REMINDERS

TRIAGE PROCESS

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

  • You can view the Queensland GP assessment and management pathway of patients with suspected COVID-19 here

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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