Published by Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā DHBs on 18/12/2021 10:31:09 AM.
Primary Care Response 2022
The Primary Care Response 2022 (attached) is designed to support Primary Care to go back to business as usual. The response guidance draws on the content of, and will replace, the previous Primary Care Response Framework.
It is refined to one level – seeking to describe a new normal that builds on the work and learnings of the sector and reflections from PHO CDs about how to practice safely in the context of COVID-19.
The IPC/PPE advice draws on the MoH advice released on 3 December as well as NRHCC Clinical Technical Advisory Group (CTAG) advice informing the previous response framework.
This guidance has also been informed by a major piece of intelligence provided by Dr Sue Wells, looking at international models of primary care in endemic COVID – both literature and interviews of primary care leaders in a range of countries. This work, along with local experience, reiterates that COVID-19 transmissions are very infrequent in health care settings. Sue’s work will be made available to the sector in the near future.
At this point the Primary Care Response 2022 describes the direction of travel, and in parts more detail will be added in the coming weeks, particularly as we come to understand more about the Omicron variant; it is to be reviewed three monthly initially, and will be available on HealthPathways.
Related information can be found in the Goodfellow Unit covid response in 2022 webinar held earlier this week. COVID in 2022 made easy | Goodfellow Unit
Change to Isolation period for unvaccinated COVID-19 cases in Auckland
All unvaccinated Covid positive cases in Auckland, with a day zero of Wednesday 15 December onwards, will be notified that their isolation period will be 14 days. This includes those who are not able to be vaccinated including children and those who are exempted. So, from Wednesday 15 December cases in the Auckland region will isolate for:
– 10 days if fully vaccinated and once symptom free for 72 hours
– 14 days if not fully vaccinated, and no new or worsening symptoms.
FAQs developed by ARPHS are on the COVID-19 Case Management in Adults HealthPathway under Subsequent Telehealth Consultations #9 (see release from isolation drop box).
PrimaryCareResponse2022The New Normal.pdf [379.2 KB]