A New free clinic has opened in Clarkson where people can be tested for all respiratory diseases including Covid-19.
The Clarkson Respiratory Clinic provides a full clinical assessment and screening of all respiratory illnesses and people can attend if they are experiencing fever or respiratory systems such as a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath or have been in contact with a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 case.
Where required, patients will receive treatment, factoring in previous medical history.
The clinic said all patients must book an appointment before attending.
Upon registration at the temporary clinic, a patient’s regular GP details are recorded so that they can be redirected back to their preferred care provider upon receiving results.
A strategic care plan designed around stringent infection controls ensures there is a safe screening environment.
Patient flow is controlled, facilitating safe social distancing measures by eliminating queuing. Patients are to call the clinic upon arrival and wait in the comfort of their own car until called in for testing.
All the clinic staff have received in depth training in Covid-19 and respiratory care.
Patients will be able to access expert GP advice on managing the symptoms, regardless of whether they test positive.
Clarkson Respiratory Clinic is also able to work with employers and employees to provide testing for symptomatic workers, with test results usually available by the next day
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners WA chairman Dr Sean Stevens said screening patients for Covid-19 would help to reduce community transmission.
Pearce MHR Christian Porter praised Ocean Keys Family Practice in Clarkson for helping to establish a respiratory clinic to help test locals for Covid- 19.
Mr Porter said clinics such as the one at Ocean Keys would allow locals to be tested in a safe environment.
“With more than 100 GP-led respiratory clinics open across all states and more on the way, we will be extremely well-prepared to stamp out any new outbreaks, wherever they occur,’’ he said.
“Keeping our community healthy and safe is our government’s top priority, which is why we’ve continued to expand our health response to the coronavirus.’’
The Clarkson Respiratory Clinic is open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Bookings can be made by calling (08) 6119 3732, online through the Hotdoc portal, or visiting clarksonrespiratory.com.au