Greater Brisbane lockdown update (1 April 2021)

As part of the current state-wide health response to COVID-19, Mater is closely working with Queensland Health to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and visitors.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced an end to Greater Brisbane’s three-day lockdown, however some safety measures will stay in place across the region.

These restrictions will remain in place for a two week period until Thursday 15 April, 2021 and include:

  • All Queenslanders required to carry a mask when they leave their home
  • Masks are to be worn in all indoor places
  • Food or beverage establishments will move to a no-standing rule again and dancing is not permitted in public venues
  • Gatherings at your home are restricted to 30 people
  • All venues are permitted 1 person per 2 square metre rule. Church services over Easter period will also be able to go ahead, in line with these spacing parameters
  • If you are outdoors and cannot socially distance, wear a mask

At this stage there is no change to our current activity or service delivery.  Mater continues to operate at full capacity with no disruption to any urgent or scheduled services. Elective surgery and patient appointments are continuing as previously planned.

We greatly appreciate your understanding of these latest changes and cooperation as we work together to keep one another safe.

Please see below for the following updates and restrictions as directed by the Chief Health Officer.

Outpatient/patient appointments 

Outpatient/patient appointments are continuing as previously planned. We will continue to offer telehealth appointments and face to face appointments for patients where appropriate based on clinical need. We will be in touch to confirm your appointment one week before the available date.

If you are required to attend the clinic for your appointment, we ask that you:

  • arrive at the time of your appointment
  • maintain the appropriate social distance from staff and other patients
  • you consider coming alone, or with only essential others.

We respect that you may like to have a support person with you for some consultations. Given the need to adhere to social distancing, you may bring one support person with you. If you have any additional questions about your appointment, please contact the outpatient clinic on 07 3163 3000.

Elective Surgery 

Elective surgery is continuing as previously planned in line with State and Territory government guidelines. If you are on the wait list for sugery at Mater, you will be contacted in due course with your appointment.

Your health and wellbeing continues to be our number one priority and we have put in some additional measures in line with social distancing requirements to ensure your safety during this period. This includes:
•    spacing of appointments to minimise the number of people within the clinic at any one time
•    social distancing measures throughout common areas
•    regular wipe-downs of common touch-points
•    availability of hand sanitiser for all patients upon arrival and during their time on-site
•    and the wearing of appropriate protective equipment for our clinical staff.

Visitor restrictions

To help mitigate the risks of spreading COVID-19 following community transmission, Queensland Health has introduced new measures to keep our most vulnerable safe.

Visitors are no longer permitted across any of our hospitals across Queensland with the following exceptions:

  • One visitor or support person permitted for patients under the aged of 18.
  • One visitor or support person permitted for patients with a disability.
  • One visitor or support person permitted for patients at end-of-life or in palliative care.
  • Two visitors or support persons permitted for patients in labour/birth suites.

These changes will remain in place until Thursday 15 April, with Queensland Health reviewing them every day.

For more information on the Queensland Government announcements, visit their website.  

Mask wearing at Mater

Surgical face masks are required to be worn by all healthcare workers, patients and visitors in all of our hospitals across Queensland.

  • Surgical face masks will be made available to everyone upon entry to our hospitals.
  • Mater staff are able to assist with safely putting on masks and any concerns you may have.
  • Masks should be changed when they become damaged, soiled or wet; never be reapplied after they have been removed, and, should not be left dangling around the neck.
  • If wearing a mask, avoid touching/adjusting the front wherever possible and practise frequent and thorough hand hygiene at all times.

These changes will remain in place until Thursday 15 April, with Queensland Health reviewing them every day.

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, closed Saturday and Sunday
  • 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 am to 11 am Saturday, closed Sunday
  • 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, Sunday closed.

Queensland restrictions

For the latest information on the Greater Brisbane restrictions, please visit the Queensland Government website for a list of frequently asked questions. For restrictions placed on the rest of Queensland (outside of Greater Brisbane), please visit this link.

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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.