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THE fight against the po­ten­tially deadly coro­n­avirus went up a notch this week with the open­ing of a Covid-19 clinic in Joon­dalup.

The clinic, Perth’s fourth since three started at Royal Perth, Fiona Stan­ley and Sir Charles Gaird­ner hos­pi­tals ear­lier this month, opened at

Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus on the eve of strict rules around fam­ily and so­cial gath­er­ings com­ing into force.

JHC deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Amanda Ling said the ground floor clinic would only test peo­ple with symp­toms of the virus

THE fight against coro­n­avirus went up a notch this week with the open­ing of a Covid-19 clinic in Joon­dalup.

The clinic, Perth’s fourth since three started at Royal Perth, Fiona Stan­ley and Sir Charles Gaird­ner hos­pi­tals ear­lier this month, opened at Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus on the eve of strict rules around fam­ily and so­cial gath­er­ings com­ing into force.

JHC deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Amanda Ling said the ground floor clinic only tested peo­ple with symp­toms of the virus.

Cri­te­ria for test­ing in­cluded hav­ing a fever and or res­pi­ra­tory symp­toms such as short­ness of breath, cough or sore throat and doc­u­mented ev­i­dence of:

■ Over­seas travel in the past 14 days (pro­vide board­ing pass or flight book­ing or air­line bag tag with name and date of travel); or

■ Close contact of a con­firmed Covid-19 case (pro­vide name of case).

“Fol­low­ing test­ing, peo­ple should re­main iso­lated at home un­til they re­ceive their test results from PathWest and fur­ther med­i­cal ad­vice,” Dr Ling said.

“Peo­ple who don’t meet the case definition will not be tested and asked to self­mon­i­tor for symp­toms.”

The JHC Covid-19 clinic is open 8am to 8pm and is on the ground floor, near­est to the Re­gent Park Road en­try with park­ing in car park P4.

The en­try point will be along the out­side walk­way be­tween Spe­cial­ist Med­i­cal Cen­tre West and the back en­trance to the Phys­io­ther­apy Department.

Peo­ple do not need to en­ter the hospi­tal to gain ac­cess to the clinic.

Any­one who is un­sure about whether they should at­tend the clinic should call 1800 020 080.

Call out for staff

Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus is call­ing for reg­is­tered nurses and mid­wives, en­rolled nurses and nurs­ing as­sis­tants.

The hospi­tal is also seek­ing se­nior med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers – par­tic­u­larly ICU, emer­gency medicine, res­pi­ra­tory medicine, anaes­the­sia and gen­eral medicine, gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers and ju­nior med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers.

Ap­ply through the Ram­say Ca­reers web­site.

Flick of a switch

JHC is ready to con­vert an area of the hospi­tal into a “neg­a­tive pres­sure/iso­la­tion ward” if called on by the Department of Health should the virus spread.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

The new Covid-19 clinic at Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d498563

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