The Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (QC) has begun new weekend sexual health clinics as Queenslanders are urged to keep up their health checks during COVID-19.
QC holds its Clinic 30 Testing Point in Brisbane every second Tuesday, and that service has now resumed and is taking bookings.
Lance Schema, State Manager of QC’s Client Services, said more doctors and nurses are available to the community than ever before.
“We’ve run Testing Point for a long time, but we had to make changes to it because of COVID-19,” he explained.
“All the doctors and nurses who run it are volunteers who generously donate their time.
“Because of the pandemic, they were busy in their own workplaces. We had to pause the service. However that’s now levelled off and Testing Point is back on every fortnight.
“We do need people to book ahead because of COVID. We need to be able to ensure we can follow all of the protocols.”
Additionally, Lance said two new monthly sexual health clinics are now on offer in the Brisbane and Hervey Bay regions.
“In Hervey Bay and Brisbane, we have the GP clinic on the third Saturday of every month,” he said.
“Patients can speak to a doctor, and we also provide follow-up care including pathology with a nurse.”
The Saturday clinics started late last month and the next ones are on Saturday, September 19.
Bookings are available from 9am to 1.30pm and are essential by calling (07) 30177 1777 ahead of time.
“It’s the first Saturday clinic we’ve done. It started last month and we had a great response,” Lance said.
“We have more GPs involved than ever before, which means more options than ever for people to see someone.”
Lance said the clinics are LGBTI Sistergirl and Brotherboy inclusive and bulk-billed for anyone with a Medicare card.
“Unfortunately, we can’t see anyone who does not have a Medicare number, however please do call us,” he said.
“We can provide you with information on services that can see you without a Medicare card.”
Keep up sexual health checks during COVID-19
Lance encouraged Queenslanders not to neglect their sexual health during the ongoing pandemic.
“We want to let people know that it’s safe to return to our clinics,” he said.
“We have a strong COVID plan, and under that everyone wears masks, follows hand hygiene protocols and we’re conducting all of the important checks at the door.”
To find out more about all services and to book, call QC on (07) 3017 1777. Follow the Clinic 30 Facebook page here.
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