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West Moreton Health December update

December 15, 2020

COVID-19 vaccine rollout - Join Grand Rounds via Teams

West Moreton Health invites GPs to join a Grand Rounds discussion in the new year on the COVID vaccine rollout. The discussion will be led by public health physician Dr Catherine Quagliotto and clinical nurse consultant Janet Farmer from West Moreton Health's Public Health Unit, and will cover the vaccine rollout and priority groups, current protocols for testing and triggers for early notification to the Public Health Unit. GPs are encouraged to join the discussion in a Q&A. It will be held via Teams meeting on Friday 5 February 2021, 12.30–1.30pm. Click the link to attend. If you have any questions please email GP Liaison Officer Dr Tanusha Ramaloo.

New WM Outpatient Referral template

Attention all practice managers – the updated version of the West Moreton Specialist Outpatient Referral template (effective from June 2020) is available here via the West Moreton Health or PHN websites. Please be aware that using any previous versions may cause compatibility issues when sending via Medical-Objects during upload into the West Moreton referrals system. Please update your templates to avoid referral delays.

Alternatively, for Best Practice and Medical Director users, GP Smart Referrals (GPSR) is now live and will ensure referral templates are always up to date. For more information and how to set up your practice, including onboarding queries, please contact WM-SmartReferrals@health.qld.gov.au

or 3413 7200. You can also email GP Liaison Officer Dr Tanusha Ramaloo.

COVID-19 testing milestone

The West Moreton region passed a significant milestone in COVID-19 testing in November. More than 100,000 tests have been performed at sites across West Moreton since the beginning of the pandemic – a testament to the strong partnerships across the region. Tests were conducted at West Moreton Health clinics, the region’s three Darling Downs West Moreton PHN clinics (at Health Matters Karalee, Flinders Peak Medical Centre and Kambu Booval), temporary clinics run by Mater Private Hospital Springfield and the Queensland Ambulance Service, and the region’s general practitioners and private pathology laboratories. Many others have supported the COVID response and testing since the pandemic began.

COVID-19 testing for vomiting and diarrhoea

Health professionals should be aware of the updated list of COVID symptoms to watch for, including vomiting and diarrhoea. If there is clinical concern about a diagnosis of COVID-19, respiratory samples should be sent for Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), in addition to routine testing of faecal specimens for bacteria (MCS), parasites (OCP) and viruses (norovirus, adenovirus and rotavirus). Queensland Health advises the public to get tested if they experience symptoms no matter how mild. Anyone who has been tested should stay at home and isolate until they get a negative result and symptoms have resolved. In addition, people experiencing diarrhoea and/or vomiting should be excluded until there has been no diarrhoea or vomiting for 24-48 hours (see Queensland Health timeout poster ‘Diarrhoea and/or Vomiting’ and ‘Norovirus’ sections).

Lyssavirus Public Health Alert

A Public Health Alert has been issued after a flying fox recovered from Queens Park in Ipswich tested positive for Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV). Anyone who had contact with this bat has been asked to urgently present to their doctor and ask their doctor to contact the Public Health Unit immediately. Read more information.