To support general practices during the Covid-19 pandemic, GCPHN has coordinated the provision of PPE including P2/N95 respirators in accordance with Department of Health’s Tranche Guidelines. Under the Guidelines, the provision of respirators for GPs from the National Medical Stockpile (NMS) is limited to those GPs that need to assess suspected COVID-19 cases because of the unavailability of nearby dedicated respiratory clinics or emergency departments and if commercial supply is not available.
For more information please refer to the Queensland Health – Pandemic response guidance document.
We continue to encourage GPs to work with their commercial suppliers to source suitable PPE and if you cannot, please provide feedback to us (via firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating your current challenges so we can continue to advocate on your behalf and raise these issues with the Department.
As of 4pm, 5 January 2022, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service and the below LGAs and towns have now been determined by the Chief Health Officer to be in the ‘high’ risk category:
Please be aware we currently have limited stock available. You will be notified when we have more stock and your order is ready for collection. Please do not re-order. All bundles are to be collected from our office in Robina. Please do not attend the site unless you have confirmation your order is ready.
Pharmacies – Please refer to these documents for more details:
Please ensure you have made space in your practice for receipt and storage of these bundles as they are quite bulky. The below image indicates the PPE bundle size – note this takes up half a table/ desk. If you need to change the order please contact us via email email@example.com
The Department of Health is providing access to a limited stockpile of eye protection goggles for general practices.
Primary Health Networks (PHNs) have been given the role of distributing eye protection goggles to general practices including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and GP respiratory clinics, with a demonstrated need, for example:
Note, at this stage, the supply of eye protection is a single distribution rather than an ongoing supply. Eye protection goggles are intended for reuse. GCPHN will consider distribution of two items per worker (including health workers and administrative staff).
PHNs have the flexibility to determine allocation of eye protection. The quantity you request should take into account your practice size and need. This includes the number of patients your practice is likely to see face-to-face, rather than via telehealth, and the availability of other services.
Please note: PHNs are also able to distribute stocks to:
For information on intended use of eye protection, use and reuse of eye protection including cleaning and disinfection and further information, view the Tranche 5 eye protection guidance for Qld PHNs.
For other general inquiries related to PPE please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To request surgical masks or P2/N2 Respirators(3M 1860 Standard), please fill in the form below.
As part of the continued response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of Health has provided GCPHN a limited supply of surgical masks for general practices and pharmacies. This guidance document is provided to ensure consistent and transparent management of the limited supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
For other general enquiries related to PPE please email: email@example.com
Please ensure you have read the tranche 4 guidelines for the provision of surgical masks as required by the Department of Health.
There is a limited supply of masks and eye protection (googles) for allied health professionals who undertake work in such a way that they are in proximity to a patient for potential exposure to respiratory or oral secretions.
Deployment of masks is intended for use only when services cannot be delayed for a symptomatic patient. PPE does not replace the need for modifications to practice such as telehealth and physical distancing. If a practitioner is unwell, they should not see patients.
As supplies are limited, PHNs have been given the role of distributing eye protection goggles to allied health professionals with a demonstrated need, for example:
As per tranche 5 guidelines, unless you are required to as part of your core business, or the patient’s care cannot be deferred, allied health professionals should not see patients who are at a higher risk of COVID-19. This includes those in quarantine or with respiratory symptoms, regardless of the local epidemiology of COVID-19.
Note, at this stage, the supply of eye protection is a single distribution rather than an ongoing supply. Eye protection goggles are intended for reuse. GCPHN will consider distribution of two items per worker.
Primary Health Networks have the flexibility to determine allocation of eye protection. Supply is strictly in accordance with clinical advice and prioritises distribution to high risk areas.
An initiative to support fit testing across general practices has been offered and funded by our PHN (first round saw a total of 222 tests conducted across 29 practices), and further testing was conducted in December 2021 (including re-testing of 57 staff and an additional 120 staff scheduled across a further 14 practices). For more information and to express your interest in taking part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as we have further fit testing planned for January 2022.
Information for health professionals about fit-testing and fit-checking of P2/N95 masks and the use of PPE equipment, are available in a recent GP update about COVID-19, which has been published by Gold Coast Primary Health Network. View this information here.
The following providers service the Gold Coast and are able to provide Fit Testing for P2/N95 Respirators:
Keys Testing Services
SureFit Services Pty Ltd
Note: GCPHN does not warrant the quality or suitability of these services and asks that you make your own enquiries to ensure the services meet your needs.
Residential and in-home aged care services across Australia who meet the eligibility criteria can request emergency Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the National Medical Stockpile. Please see the below links for more information and to order PPE.