Heart Trucks return to an expanded route
With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, our Heart Trucks have hit the open road once again, allowing us to deliver our mobile clinics to communities where they are needed.
These communities include six new towns which have been added to our routes in recent months. We are very proud to have delivered on the promises we made to expand our services to these towns in 2020, despite the significant logistical challenges posed by the pandemic.
Our newly updated routes map is now available on our website.
We continue to work to expand to more new towns in the north and far north Queensland, which will be facilitated by one of our new Heart Trucks, HEART 4, currently under construction and scheduled for completion by the end of 2020.
During the height of the COVID-19 lockdown, we opted to temporarily park our trucks in strategic locations as a precautionary measure. We continued to provide static service during this time, both from the parked heart trucks and from temporary venues in other towns on our routes with the support of those communities.
This return to regular services is possible thanks to the commitment of everyday people throughout Queensland who worked diligently to ensure the pandemic did not spread further throughout our state. We are grateful for all their efforts.
While we are back on the road, the logistics of operating in this new environment is proving to be quite challenging, particularly given the dramatic reduction in available commercial flights to transport our specialists and the team to and from rural and regional locations. We are determined to make it work, but we do ask you for your patience should any clinic variations arise due to sudden cancellations of flights or other COVID-19 related logistical challenges.
We will, of course, continue to exercise the utmost care in regards to cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, and applying physical distancing protocols to ensure the safety of all patients and staff.
The situation remains fluid and evolves rapidly from one day to the next. However, with the support of our team, our patients and the communities we serve, we are once again hitting the highway to health with confidence.