UPDATE 5 February 2020 - Novel Coronavirus 2019 nCoV
February 06, 2020
A new core webpage for clinicians has been established: Guidelines for Queensland Clinicians webpage.
This page will host the latest available information to assist Queensland clinicians to diagnose and/or treat patients with suspected or confirmed novel coronavirus 2019-nCov.
Since the last PHN email alert sent on 31 January 2020 there has been an update to the definition of:
> a suspected case - page 2 in the document below.
> a close contact - page 6 in the document below.
To view the updated definitions, view the Interim advice to public health units - 2019-nCoV - PDF 706 KB
These definitions will be revised by public health authorities over time as more precise information emerges on the outbreak, including characteristics of transmission, incubation and infectivity period, and geographical spread. As such, use of the Guidelines for Queensland Clinicians webpage to check the most updated definitions at any point in time is advised.
Public Health Unit Coronavirus Webinar Recording
The most recent information about the Coronavirus was presented by Dr penny Hutchinson from Darling Downs Health's Public Health Unit on Monday, 3 February. A recording of the webinar, along with the slides, can be viewed here.
Testing Procedure and PPE
Please refer to the Guidelines for Queensland Clinicians webpage for advice on 'What Next' for patients who meet the definition of a suspected case and require testing. See heading 'Actions for patients who meet criteria' in the Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) information sheet for primary and community health workers
If patients require testing, and your practice does not have access to P2/N95 masks (required for testing as per the information sheet) please call your local private pathology provider to arrange a referral for testing. You may also check the private pathology laboratory websites which have information on collection centres for novel coronavirus.
You can also review information from the RACGP on the correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Surgical masks available for general practice
The Department of Health has made available a limited supply of SURGICAL masks for general practice staff and people who may have had contact with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). For general practices located in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region, these masks will be distributed via our PHN.
Before requesting masks for your practice, we ask you to consider:
> Is there a local supply available commercially?
> Does your practice have a population which is more likely to have been exposed to the novel coronavirus?
> Does your practice have an unusual number of patients presenting with respiratory symptoms.
If you have an identified need for surgical masks at your practice, please contact our Primary Care Liaison team via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the quantity of masks that you would like to receive for consideration. We will only be releasing up to 100 masks per practice at this time due to limited supply. If you have already received masks and your supply is becoming limited again, please contact us for further supply.
West Moreton Health and Darling Downs Health are both monitoring the situation regarding Novel Coronavirus closely and will stand up a fever clinic if it is required in their respective regions.
Contacting your local Public Health Unit
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)