AMA Queensland president Dr Dilip Dhupelia has echoed medical professionals’ concerns about personal protective equipment.
AMA Queensland president Dr Dilip Dhupelia has echoed medical professionals’ concerns about personal protective equipment.

Mackay ENT practice back online after temporary closure

EAR, nose and throat specialists in Mackay have re-opened their services after a temporary closure earlier this week due to coronavirus and staffing changes. 

ENT specialists at the Mackay Mater Medical suites in North Mackay had temporarily closed down due to the threat of infection from coronavirus following a warning from the Australian Society of Ear, Nose and Throat surgeons.

The Mackay practice has since resumed operations and has urged patients to be calm and patient as it deals with an increased workload.

It remains deeply committed to delivering services to the greater Mackay and Isaac regions, but has advised there may be significant changes to how the service in line with changing guidelines.

The Australian Society of Ear, Nose and Throat advised that all elective ENT procedures and consultations should be cancelled with immediate effect.

A recorded message at Mackay Mater Medical suites stated that due to the pandemic crisis, COVID-19, Mackay ENT would be closed until further notice and that patients would be contacted to advise them of the next steps.

"Please be patient while we wait through the new changing guidelines to continue servicing our patients," the message said before apologising for any inconvenience.

Meanwhile, confusion about the supply and distribution of personal protective equipment has led to frustration and angst among doctors on the frontline of Queensland's COVID-19 crisis.

Australian Medical Association Queensland president Dr Dilip Dhupelia said the peak medical body had heard many concerns from doctors working in both the public and private sector about how and where to access PPE.

"Queensland Health told us they are confident they can maintain a supply of PPE provided measures are in place around PPE stewardship, but doctors working in the hospitals have not received clear communication confirming this and many are worried they will run out," Dr Dhupelia said.

GPs and other specialists are also confused on receiving their PPE and whether there is any available.

While appreciative of the State Government's and Queensland Health's hard work and response to COVID-19 he said there was an urgent need for transparency and clearer messaging to all health care workers and the public.


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