COVID-19 information for health professionals


Notification of COVID-19

‘Human coronavirus with pandemic potential’ was declared an urgently notifiable disease under Part 9 of the Public Health Act 2016. This includes notification of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information go to our notifiable infectious diseases page

Testing

Testing for COVID-19 must occur in accordance with the COVID-19 Testing Directions (external site).

Testing criteria

Testing locations

Serology testing

Given the serious limitations and risks associated with the COVID-19 point of Care (POC) serology tests for acute detection and diagnostic purposes, the Chief Health Officer deemed them an unacceptable risk to be used in that way and has prohibited them under the Public Health Act 2016 (external site). The prohibition applies to all persons, whether health professionals or not and includes the acute screening of staff for work purposes.

Their use as a screening tool for people post infection and for research public health screening purposes is not prohibited. Other POC polymerase chain reaction tests are not affected by these restrictions.

GP testing online form

GPs to receive Covid19 test results

COVID-19 Clinic staff are now collecting GP information (where available) with the consent of the person presenting for testing.

This information will be added to the PathWest request form and PathWest will process and send out results as per usual.

Communication of both negative and positive results to GPs, particularly for Covid-19 positive patients recovering in their homes, provides the opportunity for more comprehensive follow up as appropriate.

Medical clearance of a case

Laboratory testing information

Clinical guidelines

Clinical guidelines

Up-to-date clinical guidelines for GPs, hospitals and health professionals.

Infection prevention and control

Hospitals

Pharmaceutical

Position statements

The following recommendations and/or position statements have been endorsed by the WA Department of Health

Mental Health

Palliative care

HealthPathways

HealthPathways (external site) includes the latest information for COVID-19 patient assessment and management.

Self-isolation

Self-isolation means you must stay in your home, hotel room, or other accommodation even if you are perfectly well with no symptoms. If you live in a unit or apartment block you must stay in your unit or apartment. You cannot attend public places such as work, school, shopping centres or go on a holiday. Only people who usually live with you should be in the home. Do not see visitors.

You must stay in your place of isolation and NOT GO OUT, except to seek medical care. You should call ahead for advice.

If you require urgent medical assistance call 000 and let them know that you are in self-isolation due to COVID-19.

Infection prevention and control and PPE

Hospitals and healthcare settings

Non-healthcare settings

Resources

Last reviewed: 20-05-2020