4.30 | 26 November 2020
As you would be aware SA Health announced last night that a student at Woodville High School has tested positive to COVID-19. This case has been confirmed as being part of the Parafield cluster. Given the proximity of the case to the TQEH we expect to see an increase in community members presenting for testing at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital COVID-19 clinic.
New location and revised opening hours for the TQEH COVID-19 clinic
From 9am tomorrow the TQEH COVID-19 testing clinic will be operating from a new location – the old bank building near the northern open air car park. I’d like to thank the staff who helped to set up the initial clinic location and for opening this one so quickly.
Not only will the new location provide a far more comfortable environment for our staff and patients than the tent, it also gives us greater capacity to support the local community to access a COVID-19 test.
The clinic will be open 9am - 9pm, 7 days per week
COVID-19 testing will also be temporarily available at this clinic for families with school aged children as we work to support the needs of the local community.
The Women’s and Children’s Health Network have made some staff available to assist with this as our staff do not have the relevant working with children checks that allows them to be in a 1:1 situation with children.
Those coming for COVID-19 testing will be encouraged to park in the northern open air car park and to avoid entering the hospital or the café.
Wearing of scrubs
While navy scrubs are part of the daily uniform for many, as health professionals we know that the green / royal blue theatre scrubs wouldn’t be worn outside the hospital. However the community don’t often recognise that they are in fact quite different. Please be mindful of this if you are stopping on your way to and from work.
As health professionals it is important that we role model the wearing of masks at every opportunity, particularly when we are unable to physically distance. This role modelling also extends to putting yourselves in your colleagues shoes and being kind to each other, particularly those staff who are assisting with the front door screening.
CALHN COVID-19 Commander