Published by Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā DHBs on 22/02/2022 6:45:42 AM.
Guidance for primary care workers who are COVID-19 contacts or cases
In Phase 2 and 3, management of staff contacts and cases shifts to a ‘self-service model’ without routine public health involvement.
Guidance to support primary care to manage these situations have been made available. This guidance enables a critical healthcare worker:
· Who is a close contact to continue to work with daily negative rapid antigen test (RAT) with additional precautions.
· Who has become a case to return to work after a negative day 5 and 6 RAT and meeting other criteria.
Please first read the full document ‘Guidance for healthcare workers who are COVID-19 cases or contacts during an Omicron outbreak’ for important information about how the guidance is to be applied.
Other useful information and templates are on Ministry of Health ‘Guidance for critical health services during an Omicron outbreak. For additional advice please contact your PHO.
Use of Rapid Antigen Testing in Primary Care
RATs can now be used for critical healthcare workers to return to work as per the above Guidance.
· RATs on staff is not funded and an eNotification or eOrder should not be completed.
· Regular surveillance testing using PCR or RAT for primary care staff is not recommended at this stage.
· Further advice will be issued on uses of supervised RATs for patients within a primary care setting this week.
COVID-19 Case Management in Children is now on HealthPathways
The updated COVID-19 Case Management in Children is now live on HealthPathways.
Webinar This week’s NRHCC and the Goodfellow Unit webinar will be held on Thursday at 7.30pm and will cover helping COVID-19 positive obstetric and paediatric patients. A brief overview of the latest processes for RATs, self isolation and other COVID-19 management tools will also be delivered. Please register here.
COVID-19 Update: Phase Two – CCCM process reminders
Published by Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā DHBs on 22/02/2022 6:49:25 AM.
Reminder about using flags in CCCM
Using the flags system allows the NRHCC Whānau HQ coordination hub sort, manage and have visibility of care for the COVID positive patients.
Blue flags for cover acceptance
Please use the Blue Flag System to accept general practice led patient care. For weekdays please do this within 24 hours and for weekend new cases by COB on Monday. This is a change to the previous process which required creating tasks.
Yellow flags for weekend cover
A yellow flag should be raised if a clinical call to the patient is required at the weekend from the NRHCC Whānau HQ hub. This should only be for moderately unwell people, usually acuity 5 and 6 (see acuity charts). Care will be expected to be resumed by the practice on Monday.
There are now three reasons TASKS can be raised by GPs to the NRHCC Whānau HQ coordination hub:
Please DO NOT use tasks for welfare – see HealthPathways for the correct process, which will get the needs of your patient met quicker.
If you have urgent requests please phone or leave a text message Whānau HQ on 021‑190‑7697 (8:30 am to 5.00 pm, 7 days a week).
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