RESPIRATORY CLINIC: St George GP Ben Brimblecome with a patient.
RESPIRATORY CLINIC: St George GP Ben Brimblecome with a patient.

Respiratory clinics to open in Western Qld

WESTERN Queensland communities will soon have their defences bolstered through a number of key General Practices establishing respiratory clinics to diagnose patients dealing with symptoms associated with COVID-19.

St George Medical Centre and Longreach Medical Centre are two of five Western Queensland COVID-19 respiratory clinics to be opened.

Under the COVID-19 National Health Plan, these private practice respiratory clinics are for patients with mild-to-moderate fever and respiratory symptoms.

"This Commonwealth Government initiative is adding vital capacity to General Practices whose staff have worked tirelessly to implement the COVID-19 protocols and establish these specialised respiratory clinics," Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said.

"Since this pandemic first became a recognised threat to our communities in the West, I've been humbled by the response of our health professionals who've rapidly adapted and fortified their practices to confront this viral menace.

"The Government is committed to ensuring our rural and remote communities have all the tools they need to keep coronavirus at bay, and the capacity to deal with cases if they emerge," Mr Littleproud said.

Western Queensland Primary Health Care (WQPHN) CEO Stuart Gordon said these developments further strengthen the preparedness for COVID-19.

"General Practices are open for business in Western Queensland and are continuing to support their patients during this pandemic," Mr Gordon said.

"These respiratory clinics provide additional capacity in the Balonne and Longreach catchments to support early detection and reinforce services.

"I'm very grateful for the support of both practices in helping to stand up these important additions to our COVID-19 infrastructure in the West.

"So far in West, we have had zero recorded COVID-19 cases across almost a million square kilometres of rural and remote Queensland, which is testament to the preparedness, leadership and diligence of our region in meeting this global pandemic head-on."

The clinics will be staffed by local GP's who will assess, test and diagnose respiratory cases like COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia as a free service to patients.


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