In the evolving COVID-19 environment we aim to keep you informed of the Aotearoa NZ situation in O&G. RANZCOG and the Ministry of Health have recently updated their COVID-19 advice for medical professionals and pregnant women.
The Ministry's PPE poster has been updated to reflect the new Alert Levels. The current Ministry advice is that a surgical mask is not required to be worn by health professionals when providing care for women who are at low risk of COVID-19 infection. The PPE poster should be used in conjunction with the Risk Assessment Questions.
The Ministry encourages you to download the Āwhina app to stay up to date on the latest information and receive notifications when content is added or updated. See COVID-19: Āwhina app.
Wellbeing service for frontline healthcare professionals
The Ministry has funded HealthCare New Zealand to provide a new counselling service for frontline health and disability workers. Confidential psychological support via phone or video call is available using a dedicated number 0800 820 080. More information see www.healthcarenz.co.nz/wellbeing-service.
Telehealth criteria during the COVID-19 response
ACC advise that telehealth and face-to-face consultations contribute to the same treatment limit. The limit can be made up of any combination of the two— for example, where the threshold is 16 treatments, this could be 12 face-to-face consultations and 4 telehealth consultations. See Telehealth criteria during the COVID-19 response.