COVID-19 UPDATE | SERVICE CHANGES

BYS is taking COVID-19 very seriously. We are continuing to put a range of strategies in place to ensure our service delivery is COVID-safe.

BYS regularly updates its services to ensure the advice and requirements of the federal and state health authorities are implemented.

Changes to BYS service delivery in line with current Queensland Health South East Queensland lockdown directive:

 

  • The Valley Hub will be open from 9am-4pm Monday 2 August to Friday 6 August with a small number of staff on site.
  • Please call 3620 2400 before coming to the Valley Hub to get help over the phone or to schedule an appointment.
  • All visitors to BYS Valley Hub will be screened, temperature checked and required to wear masks at all times.
  • The medical clinic will be operating – appointments will be conducted by telehealth where possible.
  • Our 24/7 residential programs are all operational and have implemented lockdown restrictions.
  • All other BYS programs will be delivered remotely so if you already have a BYS worker please call them to access support.
  • We will continue to monitor and respond to health advice and adapt service responses as required.

Up to date information about the lockdown can be found HERE.

Other health information, including where to get tested if you are experiencing symptoms, can be found HERE.

Or you can contact the Coronavirus Health Information Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 020 080.

We hope you all stay safe and well.

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