Covid-19 Community Assessment Clinic open in Pine Rivers
Pine Rivers locals are now able to be tested for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Pine Rivers local community health centre.
Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd said the drive through clinic will alleviate some of the workload off busy GPs and emergency departments.
“We’ve already seen the success of fever clinics attached to emergency departments across the state of taking pressure off our busy emergency departments,” Ms Boyd said.
“Patients who present to the clinic are triaged by a nurse to advise if they should attend the clinic or emergency department as usual, depending on their symptoms.
“This fever clinic will help GPs in the Pine Rivers community continue to see other patients and reduce the risk of infection to staff and the broader community.”
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said fever clinics are playing an important role in protecting the community.
“Our emergency departments and GPs are seeing a spike in the number of people seeking testing for COVID-19,” Minister Miles said.
“Fever clinics are designed to keep potential positive cases away from the general public and staff to reduce the risk of infection.
“I want to remind Queenslanders that only those who are showing symptoms of the virus and have been in contact with someone with the virus or who have recently been overseas will be tested.”
Anyone with concerns can call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or find up-to-date reliable information on the Queensland Health website at www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus