A pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic has been set up in the car park of the Westminster Warriors Soccer Club in the Redbank Plains Recreation Reserve off Moreton Avenue this afternoon.
It is the first COVID-19 testing clinic stood up by the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) to assist in identifying potential coronavirus cases.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Steven Miles said QAS officers were recently called on to assist and support Queensland Health and Local Health and Hospital Services with COVID-19 testing.
“Just over one week ago the QAS committed 50 staff to assist with pop-up testing clinics that could be rapidly deployed to areas where testing needs to be undertaken,” Mr Miles said.
“Officers undertook training last week and are now ready for rapid deployment to areas of demand.
“Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has identified the suburbs of Redbank, Redbank Plains and Goodna as areas where cases of COVID-19 may be diagnosed.
“As such, the QAS has stood up a clinic at Redbank Plains to provide support to our other health resources in those suburbs of concern.
“Swift testing is imperative to contain potential outbreaks and reduce further spread of known clusters.”
The clinic, staffed by QAS officers, has commenced operation from Monday, 14 September until 6pm and is located at the Westminster Warriors Soccer Club off Moreton Avenue, Redbank Plains.
The clinic will also operate from 8am to 5pm on Tuesday 15 September. It is a free drop-in clinic.
QAS Commissioner Russell Bowles said QAS officers were willing and able to assist in Queensland’s pandemic response.
“When we put the call out last week asking for officers to be involved in the pop-up testing clinics, we were inundated with interest,” Commissioner Bowles said.
“We’re fortunate to have the ability to rapidly train and deploy officers for all manner of events and this has been no different.
“We now have officers ready to be deployed across the state should we be required to assist in other locations.”
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, fatigue or loss of taste or smell.
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