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Temporary Covid19 funding change from 12th Aug 2020

MEDINZ Message Published 12 August 2020

COVID-19 swabbing: Urgent call to action

Published by Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitematā DHBs on 12/08/2020 9:14:31 PM.

Auckland urgent care and general practices are asked to create and provide maximum capacity for Covid-19 testing.

High priority to be swabbed:

all contacts of current community cases (SURV-TM2 on lab form and e-Notification)

all HIS- symptomatic and asymptomatic

all symptomatic non-HIS

Asymptomatic non-HIS are lowest priority but may be swabbed (SURV-TM2 required on lab form and e-Notification).

The e-Notification must be fully completed on the same day; this is critical for contact tracing purposes. Importantly - document the facility name and address if they are an Essential or Healthcare worker; in particular aged residential care.

Please, where possible remain open until your last patient is swabbed. A home visit for assessment and swabbing is funded if required. (To be correctly funded - tick ‘referred to hospital’ on the e-Notification)

Please note, to support the current Alert Level 3 we will be instigating temporary changes to some reimbursement rates for after-hours* assessment and swabbing in Primary Care through POAC (for General Practice and Urgent Care Centres). This is effective from 8pm Wednesday 12th to 7am Monday 17th August.  



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