Dr Nova Evans of Sunny Street said her team members would be at The J carpark for at least the week testing for COVID-19.
Dr Nova Evans of Sunny Street said her team members would be at The J carpark for at least the week testing for COVID-19.

New clinic opens in fight against COVID

Noosa’s response to the pandemic has gone on the front foot with Primary Health Network opening a COVID-19 mobile clinic today.

Testing will be available seven days a week at The J carpark in Noosa Junction thanks to Commonwealth Government funding.

Run by local medical outreach service, Sunny Street, anyone can either book a time or drop in for a test between 9am-5pm, seven days a week.

Robb Major of Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network was part of the team that identified the need for the Noosa region.

“As a community, we’ve been successful in managing our COVID-19 response so far, but now is not the time to be complacent,” Mr Major said.

“By providing a dedicated space for testing and treating people with cold and flu-like symptoms, we can reduce the pressure on the rest of the health system, freeing it up for the day-to-day health issues that people face.

Dr Nova Evans and nurse Sonia Goodwin are part of the Sunny Street clinics team.
Dr Nova Evans and nurse Sonia Goodwin are part of the Sunny Street clinics team.

“Flu season is upon us, and we’re pleased this clinic is up and running to support the hospital and health service’s fever clinics, alongside our dedicated GPs in diagnosing and treating people with respiratory illness,” he said.

Sunny Street is a trusted organisation in the area, with a strong history of supporting the health needs of transient and vulnerable populations.

“We’re pleased that they have been able to step up to play this critical part in the health infrastructure of the region,” he said.

Sunny Street medical director Dr Nova Evans said it was really important that people experiencing any kind of respiratory symptoms in the community were tested.

“We’ll be here for at least the next week … please come along and get tested,” Dr Evans said.

“We need to know where all the of the coronavirus is in our community so that we can manage it and get on top of it.”

Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart said the clinic was a timely addition to the region as the pandemic raged in other areas of the country.

“Together as a community we are working hard and adhering to all advice to continue to protect our region from any potential outbreaks,” Cr Stewart said.

“This is just another step in the right direction.”

Bookings are preferred however walk-ins will be accepted.

To book phone 5313 7778.