Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living on the Gold Coast can be tested for COVID-19 at a specifically designed clinic now open at Nerang.
Kalwun Development Corporation CEO Kieran Chilcott told myGC the Kalwun COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic will be staffed by Aboriginal people, and has been designed so patients feel culturally safe.
“By opening this dedicated testing clinic here at Nerang we are providing a safe environment for our community if they have a cough, fever, shortness of breath or sore throat – as well as making sure if people have those symptoms they are attending a specifically designed testing clinic instead of turning up at other health services across the coast.”
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“This clinic has been designed to ensure safety for everyone including having a concierge greeting service, leaving enough time between bookings for thorough cleaning, using personal protective equipment and having patients flow in one door, safely through the clinic for their appointment and out another door.
“This means that even if your sniffle turns out to be just a sniffle – and we hope that’s all it is for everyone coming here – when you attend the Nerang respiratory clinic you are in a really safe environment and we can look after you really well here,” Mr Chilcott said.
As well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents, the stand-alone clinic at Nerang can also test those aged over 70, pregnant women, children under 12 months old and those who are immunocompromised or living with chronic disease.
Gold Coast Primary Health Network Board Chair, Dr Roger Halliwell, said testing all sectors of the community, no matter how mild the respiratory symptom, was the key to helping control the spread of COVID-19.
“Testing helps us monitor and keep track of COVID-19 in the community, and early detection is the key to reducing its spread, which is why it’s so important we have a range of options for local residents to be tested,” Dr Halliwell said.
Member for Moncrieff, Angie Bell said that the dedicated clinic is part of a national response designed to reduce pressure on hospital emergency departments and other general practices.
“The Kalwun service is in addition to another three respiratory clinics that will service the Gold Coast region to relieve the pressure on testing facilities at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina,” Ms Bell said.
“I want to encourage all Gold Coasters, especially those who have symptoms such as a cold, sore throat or a cough, to make sure they get tested for COVID-19.”