‘Fever clinics’ to assess patients in Ballina car park
A NORTHERN Rivers GP clinic has started using a 'fever clinic' model, where patients with respiratory illnesses are assessed by a doctor before they enter the common waiting area.
Medicos will assess possible COVID-19 patients in the car park, to protect staff and other patients from the virus outbreak.
Dr Chris Jambor confirmed Grant St Clinic had started to apply this new practice this week, and it will become the new way to deal with respiratory infections by all its doctors from Monday.
Dr Jambor is a senior GP and founder of Grant St Clinic, a visiting medical officer at Ballina District Hospital, and a member of the board of the Primary Health Care network.
The medico said the procedure treated every case as a possible COVID-19.
"Starting now, when you ring up the clinic, if you have a fever, a cough or a cold, you will be directed by the staff to come and park in the clinic's carpark area, stay in your car, phone the surgery when you are here," he said.
"Then the doctor will call you once it's your turn and take your story."
The North Coast Primary Health Network said there was no current directive to set up flu clinics at GPs.
A dedicated webpage is being updated daily: https://ncphn.org.au/coronavirus-information