COVID-19 update Friday 8 October 2021

Mater continues to work as part of the broader health network in support of Public Health efforts to test, contain and manage COVID-19. Please see below for the latest updates regarding Mater's response to COVID-19 at our facilities across our state-wide network.  

Visitor restrictions

From Friday 8 October at 4 pm, visitors will be permitted to enter Mater Hospitals across Queensland.

Health screening requirements remain in place for anyone entering any of our hospital facilities and records of all visitors are required to be kept. 

For everyone visiting our facilities, you are welcome to visit, however, we will exclude anyone who;

  • is unwell
  • has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or asked to quarantine
  • has returned from overseas in the last 14 days (excluding safe travel zone countries)
  • has had contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • has visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or since the hotspot was declared (whichever is shorter)
  • has been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting to receive the results
  • has COVID-19 symptoms of fever (37.5 degrees or more), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting or fatigue.

Mask wearing at Mater 

Queensland's Chief Health Officer has confirmed that face masks are required to be worn at all times. 

Children under 12 do not need to wear a mask, nor those with a physical condition or illness that makes wearing one unsuitable.

We appreciate your support through these changes to keep us all safe. We will continue to keep you updated if there are any revisions to the above requirements.

COVID-19 testing

If you are required to present for COVID-19 testing, you can find a list of  COVID-19 testing centres on the Queensland Government website. You can also attend the Mater Pathology COVID-19 testing centres at the following locations, if you have a GP referral form:

  • Mater Pathology Cleveland
  • 46 - 50 Middle Street
    10 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday, 9 am to 2 pm Saturday. 
  • Mater Pathology Coorparoo
    Cnr Old Cleveland Road and French Street
    7 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday (closed 12.20 pm to 1 pm), 7.30 am to 11.30 am  Saturday. 
  • Mater Pathology Yamanto
    512-514 Warwick Road
    7 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday (closed 12.20 pm to 1 pm), 7.30 am to 11.30 am  Saturday. 

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What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that include the common cold along with more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus and was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak in China, that has now extended into a number of countries around the world. For more information  on COVID-19 you can access this patient flyer

Symptoms of COVID-19:

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and if you’re sick your symptoms might include:

  • fever or history of fever
  • acute respitory infection symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat)
  • loss of smell
  • loss of taste
  • runny nose 
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea 
  • vomiting
  • fatigue.

When should I get tested?

If you’re feeling sick with any COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Get tested immediately by either seeing your local doctor or visiting your nearest Fever Clinic.

Testing is important to find as many cases in the community as quickly as possible.

If you make an appointment with your doctor, please call ahead so they can prepare for your visit and tell the staff what your symptoms are and your travel history (if any) or that you may have been in contact with a potential case.

Please stay home and isolate until you get the results and your symptoms resolve.

How can I protect myself and my family?

To protect yourself and others from infection it's important to practice good hand hygiene and always;

  • Clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is unwell—try to stay 1.5m away from anyone coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth.
  • Practice social distancing and avoid shaking hands, hugging and kissing.
  • Stay home if you are unwell.