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.
REFER BELOW FOR E-NOTIFICATION AND CLAIMING CHANGES