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Aged care restrictions lifted

The State Government has announced that restrictions on residential aged care will be lifted.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the easing of restrictions on Monday.

She also announced the state’s first new case of COVID-19 in eight days, however it was acquired overseas and the traveller is already in hotel quarantine.

Additional restrictions were placed on aged care facilities across south east Queensland due to an increased risk of infection after a positive case had been in the community a week before testing confirmed they had COVID-19.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the absence of community transmission meant it was safe to reopen aged care facilities to visitors.

“We still need to be very cautious, very careful at all times because our aged care facilities have the most vulnerable people in our society living in them,” Dr Young said.

“This is really good news because it means people came forward in their droves and got tested.

“Please continue doing that if anyone has any symptoms at all. Get tested and isolate yourself.

“If we can get the first case not the fourth or fiftieth case, if we can get the first case of infection and stop those chains of transmission we will be able to manage it going forward.”

Dr Young said it was important people maintain social distancing.

Fever clinics are specialist clinics managed by Hospital and Health Services that assess people who may be infected with COVID-19.

These clinics help to keep people who may be contagious away from other areas of hospitals and health centres.

This helps to reduce the potential spread of the virus and keeps the emergency department available for emergencies.

Testing is free.

Testing and Fever Clinics in Ipswich

 

Ipswich Hospital Fever Clinic – (drop-in only), Jubilee Building, near Emergency Department entrance off Chelmsford Ave, Ipswich.

Kambu – Booval at 3, 160 Brisbane Rd Booval. Booking available from 8.30am until 4.30pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. To make a booking call 0408 699 432.

Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology – Dedicated COVID-19 centre, patients must present with a valid request form at Unit 2, 10 Churchill St (corner Warwick Rd) Ipswich.

Booking available from 6.30am until 5pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays and from 6.30am until 11am on Saturdays. Bookings are not required.

Health Matters Karalee GP Respiratory Clinic – Anyone wishing to be seen at the respiratory clinic needs to make an appointment. For bookings or more information phone 07 3812 3133 or book online via https://www.hotdoc.com.au/medical-centres/chuwarQLD-4306/ipswich-chuwar-respiratory-clinic/doctors or you can access hotdoc.com.au and search Ipswich Respiratory Clinic.

Address: 19-27 Junction Rd Chuwar. Hours from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.

Flinders Peak Medical Centre Booking by appointment only at 355 Boonah Rd, Purga, from 8:30am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am until noon on the weekend (excluding public holidays). Bookings can be made by calling 07 5464 6765.

For more information about respiratory and fever clinics, including hours of operation, visit the West Moreton Health website and the Darling Downs West Moreton PHN website.

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