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Personal protective equipment

Masks and eye protection for general practice, community pharmacies and allied health professionals.

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Surgical masks

The Department of Health is providing access to a limited stockpile of surgical masks for general practices, community pharmacies and allied health professionals.

As supplies are limited, PHNs have been given the role of distributing surgical masks to GP respiratory clinics, general practices including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS), pharmacies and allied health professionals with a demonstrated need, for example:

  • where there is no local supply available commercially
  • where practices or pharmacies are in a location where there may be community transmission of COVID-19
  • where practices or pharmacies have an unusual number of patients presenting with respiratory symptoms.

Community pharmacies are eligible to access the supply for their staff to use when there is no available commercial supply, and:

  • their staff are required to be in direct contact with patients/clients at less than 1.5 metres, and there may be community transmission of COVID-19 in their area
  • they have significant contact with people presenting with fever or respiratory symptoms (irrespective of level of community transmission of COVID-19).

Masks distributed through PHNs cannot be sold as commercial stock. Anyone found to be on-selling masks will be charged full cost for all stock and no further provisions will be made.

If you require surgical masks email covid19@brisbanenorthphn.org.au.

P2/N95 masks

These masks are for use by general practitioners who are specifically equipped to undertake specimen collections in their practice. P2/N95 masks are only required for aerosol generating procedures or where there is uncontrolled coughing. Before advising you are equipped to undertake specimen collection, it is important to consider:

  • the physical layout of your practice and whether it is suitable for isolation of patients presenting as a suspect case
  • whether you have access to all the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), not just masks
  • your confidence in infection control procedures across your whole practice.

If you are equipped to collect specimens and require P2 masks email covid19@brisbanenorthphn.org.au with your practice details including the number of GPs who will be collecting specimens.

Eye protection goggles

For general practice

The Department of Health is providing access to a limited stockpile of eye protection goggles for general practices.

As supplies are limited, PHNs have been given the role of distributing eye protection goggles to GP respiratory clinics, general practices including Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) with a demonstrated need, for example:

  • local transmission patterns of COVID-19 and local public health recommendations for eye protection in clinical settings
  • where there is no alternative commercial supply available and lack of eye protection is preventing practices from reviewing patients face-to-face when required
  • where practices have an unusually high number of patients presenting with respiratory symptoms.

Note, at this stage, the supply of eye protection is a single distribution rather than an ongoing supply. Eye protection goggles are intended for reuse.

If you would like to request access to eye protection goggles email covid19@brisbanenorthphn.org.au and advise the total number of staff (i.e. GPs, nurses and administrative staff) and the PHN will determine an appropriate allocation of eye protection goggles for your practice.

Eye protection goggles

For allied health professionals

The Department of Health is providing access to a limited stockpile of eye protection goggles for allied health professionals.

As supplies are limited, PHNs have been given the role of distributing eye protection goggles to allied health professionals with a demonstrated need, for example:

  • local transmission patterns of COVID-19 and local public health recommendations for eye protection in clinical settings
  • where there is no alternative commercial supply available and lack of eye protection is preventing professionals from reviewing patients face-to-face when required
  • the extent to which the allied health professional can manipulate their environment or practice method to minimise the chance of transmission. For example, due to the nature of their work, it’s not easy for a diagnostic radiographer to change their mode of practice or environment. A dietitian or psychologist may be able to continue to provide services through telehealth.

Unless they are required to as part of their core business, or the patient’s care cannot be deferred, allied health professionals should not see patients who are at a higher risk of COVID-19. This includes those in quarantine or with respiratory symptoms, regardless of the local epidemiology of COVID-19.

Note, at this stage, the supply of eye protection is a single distribution rather than an ongoing supply. Eye protection goggles are intended for reuse.

If you would like to request access to eye protection goggles email covid19@brisbanenorthphn.org.au and advise the PHN of your demonstrated need.

PPE tally

A tally of the number of masks, gowns and goggles distributed by Brisbane North PHN during the COVID-19 pandemic to general practices, pharmacies and allied health: ​​

Surgical masks = 327,250
P2 masks = 24,884
Gowns = 9,320
Goggles = 2,210

Updated on: 27 October 2020.