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West Moreton Health Update

October 23, 2020

Resumption of elective surgeries

In recognition of the commitment by West Moreton health care professionals and the wider community to contain the recent COVID-19 outbreak, West Moreton Health began reintroducing Category 2 and 3 elective surgeries from 28 September 2020. The return of these services will balance the need for ongoing preparedness for COVID-19 with the healthcare needs of our community. The safety of patients and staff remains priority. West Moreton Health thanks private hospital partners, St Andrew’s Ipswich and Mater Springfield, for helping to reduce elective surgery lists during restrictions.

Change to our visitor policy

The Chief Health Officer has relaxed the restriction on visitors to hospital facilities. Since 25 September, up to two visitors can see a patient at any one time, for any length of time, within visiting hours at Ipswich Hospital, Boonah, Esk, Gatton and Laidley hospitals and The Park – Centre for Mental Health. Visiting hours are 10am–1pm and 4pm–8pm at all facilities. Read more on the WMH website.

Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology service

The Women, Children and Family service has introduced a new Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology Clinic on the first Friday afternoon of each month at Ipswich Hospital. The clinic aims to support young people experiencing health challenges associated with puberty and adolescence by providing evidence-based clinical care for the following conditions.. Please mention the Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology service at the time of referral using the usual referral process.

Obstetrics update

Early antenatal referral helps ensure better outcomes for mother and baby. GPs are encouraged to refer early to allow scheduling of the hospital booking-in appointment at the optimal time of 12–14 weeks of pregnancy. Please refer using the standard referral form. Antenatal telehealth is now offered for the booking-in visit and postnatal visits. Diabetic education and dietician visits can also be conducted using telehealth. All other antenatal visits continue to be face-to-face. Pasifika and refugee midwifery services are available Monday to Friday via clinics run by clinical midwives Natalie Poole and Jac Matyear at Goodna Community Health and Redbank Plains Community Centre.

GP phone access for advice from O & G specialists

West Moreton Health's obstetrics and gynaecology consultants are happy to answer GP questions and are available to contact Monday to Friday, 7.30am–4.30pm, on 3810 7609. Please have the patient UR number handy if the patient has received care at West Moreton Health.

Registered Supported Accommodation Services Residential update

West Morton health continues to facilitate virtual meetings with about 23 Supported Accommodation Services (SAS) in the West Moreton region to work on COVID-19 response planning. Feedback from the SAS indicates it is challenging for many residents with disabilities to be transported to COVID clinics, drive-through services or pathology labs for testing. The following alternatives could be considered to support these vulnerable residents:

  • telehealth following appropriate triage
  • Sullivan & Nicolaides Pathology (SNP) home mobile COVID-19 swab request. SNP offers mobile home collections for patients with a disability within the Brisbane Metro and Ipswich areas. As the patient's GP, you should:
    • indicate that a home collection is required on the pathology referral and include the carer’s name and contact details
    • use secure email to send the pathology referral to brismobilecollect@snp.com.au or call Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology on 3377 8500 to request a home visit and confirm local availability. SNP cannot guarantee a specific time for collection and the resident’s carer is required to be with the resident at the time of the swabbing.

SAS staff who require testing should be considered a priority, and their SAS employee status should be noted on the referral form. It is strongly recommended that the referring GP contact the West Moreton Public Health Unit on 3818 4700 for any suspected COVID-19 cases within a SAS, given the high risk of an outbreak occurring within group residential living.

You can contact key West Moreton Health contacts involved in the SAS response planning including:

  • GP Liaison Officer Dr Tanusha Ramaloo - Tanusha.Ramaloo@health.qld.gov.au
  • Nurse Navigator for Disability and NDIS Lindee Chiverton (Ph. 0418 709 507 Monday to Friday, 7.30am–4pm) or COVID_Disability@health.qld.gov.au for questions/comments regarding SAS and COVID-19.

Grand Rounds

West Moreton Health invites GPs to join the Diabetes team for a Grand Rounds discussion about updated guidelines for Type 2 Diabetes and early recognition and referral for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). The discussion will be held via Teams meetings on Tuesday 10 November 12-1pm. Click for more information

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