David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

St George respiratory clinic welcomed by Maranoa MP

April 27, 2020

St George Medical Centre will be the first of two GP-led respiratory clinics in Maranoa when its doors open later this week, to support patients dealing with symptoms associated with COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the clinic will provide efficient and effective care for the Balonne community as all levels of Government work together to stop and slow the spread of COVID-19.

“This Commonwealth Government initiative is adding vital capacity to the St George Medical Centre, whose staff have worked tirelessly to implement the COVID-19 protocols and establish this specialised respiratory clinic,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Since this pandemic first became a recognised threat to our communities in the West, I’ve been humbled by the response of our health professionals who’ve rapidly adapted to take care of communities across Maranoa.

“The Government is committed to ensuring our rural and remote communities have all the tools they need to keep coronavirus at bay, and the capacity to deal with cases if they emerge.

“By providing fast and safe access to the respiratory clinic, people in the Balonne are going to be able to quickly have their symptoms identified and undergo whatever treatment is necessary.

“The establishment of this dedicated respiratory clinic ensures GPs have a safe and efficient avenue to also attend to non-respiratory related needs of other patients.

“This reduces the risk of cross-infection with COVID-19 and Influenza.

“On top of this I’d like to highlight the successful uptake of teleheath appointments – particularly during the pandemic, they keep us safe in the comfort of our home whether that’s in the middle of St George or 100 kilometres away on a cattle station.”

Maranoa’s second respiratory clinic will be opened in Longreach.