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Media Release: New respiratory clinic opens in Toowoomba

May 05, 2020

A new GP-led respiratory clinic to test patients for COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses is now open in Toowoomba.

The Toowoomba (Carbal Medical Services) GP-led Respiratory Clinic is available to clinically assess people with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms (a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat and/or unusual fatigue).

Respiratory clinics are being established as a part of the Australian Government Department of Health’s response to COVID-19 and Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN has been supporting this process locally in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region.

PHN CEO Merrilyn Strohfeldt said the clinics were available to anyone in the community who had symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.

“One of the key strategies to control COVID-19 in our communities is to detect new cases of the virus as early as possible to allow for contract tracing to minimise spread of the virus,” Ms Strohfeldt said.

“This strategy appears to be working in Australia and as we move forward, it will be more important than ever that we pick up any localised pockets of infection to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Federal Member for Groom, the Hon Dr John McVeigh, welcomed the announcement of the new clinic in Toowoomba.

“The Australian Government has been focused on protecting lives and livelihoods as we’ve managed the health and economic response to this global pandemic,” Dr McVeigh said.

“Given the strong response from Australians we’ve been able to begin lifting some restrictions but further progress will be based on our ability to test, trace and respond.

“That’s where the importance of these new respiratory clinics in our community shines through.”

The Toowoomba (Carbal Medical Services) GP-led Respiratory Clinic is located at 18-24 Charnley Street, Kearneys Spring and is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Bookings are essential - to make an appointment call 07 4580 1400 or book online via