UPDATE 24 March - Coronavirus COVID-19
March 24, 2020
Latest testing recommendations COVID-19
Queensland Health have updated testing recommendations effective from 21 March 2020.
Read the full latest testing recommendations for COVID-19 from Queensland Health.
There is a world-wide shortage of pathology consumables and the following testing advice is in place.
COVID-19 testing should only occur if a person:
> Has fever (≥38°C) or history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills) OR acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat) with or without fever; AND
- travelled overseas within the previous 14 days, OR
- had recent close contact (previous 14 days) with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
> Has severe community-acquired pneumonia requiring admission (critically ill) with no other identifiable cause.
> Is a healthcare worker with direct patient contact has a fever (≥38°C) or history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills) AND an acute respiratory infection (shortness of breath, cough and/or sore throat)
MBS update - expansion of telehealth services
From Monday, 23 March the Government will allow all vulnerable general practitioners and other vulnerable health professionals who are currently authorised to use telehealth item numbers, to use telehealth for all consultations with all their patients.
This includes healthcare providers who are:
- aged at least 70 years old
- Indigenous and aged at least 50 years old
- a parent of a child under 12 months
- immune compromised
- have a chronic medical condition that results in increased risk from coronavirus infection.
This change will help protect the most vulnerable members of our healthcare workforce, while allowing them to continue to provide much needed medical care and advice to their patients.
The fever clinics continue to operate in Toowoomba and Ipswich. Visit our COVID-19 webpage on the PHN website for more information about their locations, operating hours, target groups and procedures.
Information about rural locations can be accessed through HealthPathways under COVID-19 Referrals through the COVID-19 Assessment and Management page. Access your relevant HealthPathways using the buttons under Useful Resources.
Queensland Health - Expressions of Interest
Queensland Health are seeking expressions of interest from the below who are interested in supporting their response to COVID-19.
General resources for clinicians
- Queensland Health webpage for clinicians
- Department of Health resources for clinicians webpage
- RACGP Website
- Brisbane South PHN has worked with RACGP QLD to develop some triage flowcharts for
receptionists and other practical resources for general practice
Darling Downs and West Moreton HealthPathways have been updated to include information about COVID-19.
Contacting your local Public Health Unit
PLEASE NOTE GPs are asked to notify their relevant Public Health Units of 'suspect cases' of COVID-19.
- For Darling Downs Health, please use this DDH Public Health Unit Notification Form.
- For West Moreton Health, please use this WMH Public Health Unit Notification Form.
Please discuss any cases of concern with your local Public Health Unit immediately so that appropriate actions and testing can be organised.
- Darling Downs P 07 4699 8240 (business hours) P 07 3646 1699 (after hours)
- West Moreton P 07 3818 4700 (business hours) P 07 3176 2111 (after hours, ask for public health)