UPDATE 6 March 2020 - Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
March 06, 2020
Self-quarantine is required for people who have been in, or transited through, one of the following countries:
- Mainland China since 1 February 2020
- Iran on or after 19 February 2020
- South Korea from 9pm, 5 March 2020.
Healthcare workers or residential aged care workers who come into contact with patients in a hospital or residential care setting including aged care facilities, who have been in, or transited through, the following countries should not attend their workplace for 14 days from the day they departed these countries (they do not have to self-quarantine).
- Italy; or
- South Korea (prior to 5 March 2020).
Are you displaying patient alert posters?
If you haven't already, general practices are strongly advised to display patient alert posters on the doors/entrances to your practice to minimise the potential spread of COVID-19.
The RACGP has developed a number of online resources for GPs, which includes patient alert posters which you can use.
Communicating with your patients
The RACGP has useful information about communicating with patients, particularly during events such as COVID-19. Advice is offered about providing calm, clear, consistent and up-to-date information to ensure patients understand the processes that need to be followed. There are also a number of tips about what communication mechanism might be the most effective.
New resources for GPs
- General practices personal protective equipment (PPE) (PDF 596 kB)
- COVID-19 GP management flow chart (PDF 448 kB)
General resources for clinicians
HealthPathways now live with COVID-19 Information
Darling Downs and West Moreton HealthPathways have been updated to include information about COVID-19.
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.
GPs are asked to notify their relevant Public Health Units of 'suspect cases' of COVID-19. For Darling Downs Health's Public Health Unit, please use this DDH Public Health Unit Notification Form. For West Moreton Health's Public Health Unit, use the contact details below.
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)