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Alpha MPHS reopens

Thursday 13 January 2022

News_Alpha MPHS Status

The following statement may be attributed to Central West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Mr Anthony West.

Alpha Multipurpose Health Service has reopened for normal service delivery from 4 pm this afternoon (Thursday, 13 Jan).

The MPHS went into a temporary lockdown late on Wednesday after staff were exposed to an unwell COVID-positive community member who presented for care.

Alpha MPHS staff members had to go into quarantine as a precaution following the incident and the facility was placed in lockdown.

However, replacement staff from elsewhere in the region were rushed to Alpha late on Wednesday to undertake a deep clean of the facility and care for four aged care and one respite residents.

Our replacement staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty to complete the deep clean and allow us to reopen the facility this afternoon.

This was a phenomenal effort and I cannot praise them enough.

All exposed Alpha MPHS staff members have now been tested for COVID–19 and their potential exposure risk has been reassessed.

Following this reassessment and the results of their COVID–19 testing, they have been cleared to return to work progressively from this evening onwards.

All five MPHS residents are well, have been tested for COVID, have tested negative and are now being managed as normal and are no longer under quarantine arrangements.

COVID-19 testing will remain available at Alpha by appointment – phone 4809 7023 – for people who are symptomatic or who have been informed by a Queensland Health officer that they are a close contact of a confirmed case.

Our scheduled vaccination clinic at the Alpha Town Hall for Friday, 14 January, also will go ahead as normal for eligible people aged 12 years and over.

However, vaccinations at Alpha for children aged between 5 and 11 years will be postponed to 27 January.

Friday’s Alpha vaccination clinic is a booking-only clinic and all clients are being contacted to advise of the arrangements.

Alpha residents who had GP or other consultations scheduled for today (Thursday), while the MPHS was in lockdown have been contacted and had their appointments rescheduled.

I would like to thank the Alpha community for their understanding and support while we managed this situation.

ENDS

For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

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Last updated: 14 January 2022