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West Moreton Health June Update

June 22, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination hubs

The Cribb House vaccination hub at Ipswich Hospital is providing COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible people with expanded clinic hours from Monday 14 June. Hours of operation will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8am – 5.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday 8am – 7pm. A new clinic has also been established at Springfield Tower, 145 Sinnathamby Blvd, Springfield Central, for eligible people aged under 50 years only, Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm. Vaccinations are available for Priority Group 1a, 1b and people aged 40-49; and people aged 50 and over. Click here for more information.

Please note, GPs who are under 50 and do not have access to Pfizer are invited to be vaccinated at the Cribb House vaccination hub. Please email WM-Vaccination.Program@health.qld.gov.au to register your interest. When registering, you will need to supply your name, date of birth, mobile number (personal) and email address (personal). To make this process easier, your general practice is welcome to send through a bulk list of eligible staff.

You will need to bring to your appointment:

  • photo identification (such a driver’s licence)
  • proof that you are working at a general practice in the West Moreton region
  • your Medicare card or number.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government opened an expression of interest (EOI) process last month to increase the number of general practices participating in the administration of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for more information. Practices already participating in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout do not need to apply through this EOI.

Grand Rounds via Teams – 25 June

The monthly interactive Grand Rounds meeting provides an opportunity for West Moreton Health to share updates from its COVID-19 response and vaccination rollout. West Moreton Health invites all GPs to join the next Grand Round discussion on Friday 25 June to discuss the care of patients in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF). The Teams meeting will offer information about current initiatives by West Moreton Health and the Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN to strengthen the care provided to RACF residents. Guest speakers include Ipswich GP Dr Geoff Mitchell, Associate Professor Allyson Mutch from the UQ School of Public Health and Nurse Practitioner Blessing Makoni. Click this link to attend the Teams meeting on Friday 25 May 12.30-1.30pm. For more information, email GP Liaison Officer Tanusha Ramaloo. For Teams technical support, please call 3447 2960 or email WM_CMO@health.qld.gov.au

New Fever Clinic at Ipswich Hospital

West Moreton Health will open its permanent Fever Clinic in July. The existing clinic at Jubilee House at Ipswich Hospital will close and the space will be renovated for future use by Mental Health and Specialised Services. Entry to the new clinic will be via Court Street (up from the East Street Entrance at Ipswich Hospital) and consumers should be encouraged to be dropped off near the clinic entrance or park in the surrounding area. Limited street parking will be available close to the entrance. The walk-in clinic will operate from 8.30am to 4pm, seven days a week, with no appointments required.

Are you using up-to-date referral templates?

Practice managers are reminded to ensure they have the most up-to-date referral WMH template uploaded into their practice software. This will ensure there is no delay in processing GP referrals to West Moreton Health. The referral template can be found on the new Health Professional’s page under Specialist Outpatient Department (SOPD) referrals (look for templates on the left-hand side). Practice managers can mark the SOPD referrals page as a favourite for easy access when completing referrals to WMH. Alternatively, contact West Moreton Health’s GP Smart Referrals team on WM-Smartreferrals@health.qld.gov.au or 3413 7200 to ensure you have the most up to date template. GP Smart Referrals allows GPs to submit and track referrals to West Moreton Health via their practice software.

Patient information requests

Requests for information about patients are handled by West Moreton Health’s Release of Information Unit. To request information about a patient, GPs can email WM_ROI@health.qld.gov.au or phone 3810 1964. Click here more information about the collection and access to health records.

BreastScreen Queensland policy change effective from the 14 June

From 14 June 2021, BreastScreen Queensland will cease to provide a clinical breast examination at screening appointments and will be phasing out the clinical breast examination for women with a previous history of breast cancer over the next 18 months. Best practice is for any women with any breast symptoms to be investigated under the care of her GP. From 14 June, BreastScreen Queensland staff will encourage symptomatic women to visit their GP for a breast examination and to be referred for further investigation. Please see West Moreton HealthPathways for more information on local services for diagnostic breast imaging (Username: wmuser Password: wmpassword). For more information about the policy change, click here.

Have your say on mental health and wellbeing services

Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN in collaboration with Darling Downs Health, West Moreton Health and other service providers is developing a five-year plan to ensure people living with mental health concerns, suicide and alcohol and other drugs use have access to the best possible care for their individual needs across the region. Feedback is sought from GPs (as well as people with a lived or living-experience, carers and other health professionals) on the plan and how services could be improved. The survey closes 15 June. Click here for an overview of the plan.

Older Persons Care Collaborative

The West Moreton Older Persons Care Collaborative met for the second time on 2 June, with about 40 attendees from 10 different organisations. The meeting followed significant engagement with about 80 stakeholders, including health partners, networks, inter-agencies, councils, community reference groups and consumers from across the West Moreton region to develop a meaningful and sustainable collaborative framework. The main purpose of the recent workshop was to agree on the structure of the collaborative and for members to nominate to join networks within the collaborative to support change and improvements. Each network will next meet to commence regional planning to support improved health outcomes for our older consumers.

WMH service spotlight: Nursing and Midwifery Navigation Service

West Moreton Health’s Nursing and Midwifery Navigation Service aims to provide integrated care to patients residing within the region. This service provides navigation across the lifespan to those individuals who have complex health or disability conditions. Click to find out more about the service here.