Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latest Information

Coronavirus Update Bulletin

 

The Primary Health Network is publishing a regular COVID-19 update specifically for our region. The subscription link can be accessed HERE.

There are also a number of resources on the PHN COVID-19 YOUTUBE VIDEO PLAYLIST


Access up to date clinical advice

To provide General Practice with a centralised and single source of daily updated information, the PHN is, through its HealthPathways websites, curating information and advice from both the Commonwealth and NSW Health Departments.

This information is accessible from the HealthPathways Health Alerts section of the home page.

For General Practices and Primary Care Clinicians in the Hunter New England region this will be at:  https://hne.communityhealthpathways.org/

For General Practices and Primary Care Clinicians on the Central Coast it will be: https://centralcoast.healthpathways.org.au/

Please note these portals are for clinicians only and require passwords for access.

Access can be granted via the following link:

https://hne.communityhealthpathways.org/LoginFiles/RequestLogin.aspx?topic=RequestAccess


Distribution of Masks

In early February the PHN received a supply of masks to distribute to general practices across our region. Since then our Primary Care Improvement Officers have been coordinating their distribution adhering to the Department of Health guidelines.

We are aware that there are practices that require further supplies, and to assist in their distribution general practices are asked to complete the 

Surgical Mask Request form to assist our team with mask requirements for their practice. 

Should you have any questions or inquiries, please contact Kim Booth via email kbooth@hneccphn.com.au

Masks for Allied Health 
The Primary Health Network is pleased to be managing the distribution of donated surgical face masks available for Allied Health. Providers can request surgical masks using this Request Form.

Should you have any questions or inquiries about masks for Allied Health, please contact Lauren Stocks via email lstocks@hneccphn.com.au


Residential Aged Care

With the current outbreaks of COVID-19 in Victoria, it is still crucial that all Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) remain vigilant. Much work has been undertaken to prepare RACFs across our region to prepare for any outbreak, including a working group of relevant clinicians and managers from Local Health Districts, NSW Ambulance and GP and Geriatrician advisors, this includes working with HealthPathways to localise the guidance documents from both State and Commonwealth, which you can review here:

Outbreak Preparation and Response for Residential Aged Care Facilities
Hunter New England HealthPathways
Central Coast HealthPathways

Also available is a HealthPathway for GPs assessing and managing patients in RACFs, which can be accessed here:

Assessment and Management in Residential Aged Care
Hunter New England HealthPathways
Central Coast HealthPathways

NSW Health is also working in close partnership with the Commonwealth to support residential aged care facilities. NSW Health's residential aged care facility outbreak management page has information on protocols to support joint management of a COVID-19 outbreak in a residential aged care facility in NSW, COVID outbreak governance and NSW COVID-19 Incident Action Plan for RACFs.

The Primary Health Network is also continuing to monitor the situation via Capacity Tracker and regular contact with facilities across the region. Resources to manage outbreaks are available in the Resource Centre of the Capacity Tracker for quick reference. If you want to know more about this tool, please contact your Primary Care Improvement Officer (PCIO) or contact us at 
phncapacitytracker@hneccphn.com.au.

Download PHN overview of Agerd Care Responses


Telehealth

A Primary Health Network telehealth microsite has been established to assist is the implementation of telehealth for primary care providers.


Community Respiratory Clinics

There are now six clinics clinics operating in our region to test patients with mild to moderate COVID-19-like symptoms, reducing pressure on general practice and hospital emergency departments. They are intended to provide holistic care for people presenting with symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection, and are not just testing centres.

Respiratory clinics have implemented thorough infection prevention and control protocols to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19. They provide assessments and testing for all people with symptoms to detect cases and allow them to be isolated as early as possible.

Click on the links below for details on the clinics

Central Coast Respiratory Clinic

Gunnedah, Boggabri Wee Waa and Narrabri Respiratory Clinic

Moree Respiratory Clinic

Raymond Terrace Respiratory Clinic

Tamworth Respiratory Clinic

Taree Respiratory Clinic

For advice on that latest referral criteria we recommend you check our HealthPathways site at COVID referral > Testing > Public.


Latest COVID-19 statistics

Click here for the latest NSW COVID-19 statistics 


Business Continuity Resources

The PHN has collated a range of resources that provide details for primary care providers on business continuity support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to access the resources. 


COVID-19 Training Resources for Residential Aged Care

A seven module training program for Residential Aged Care, including toolbox videos and resources is available for download. Resources are available to download individually or collectively via a zip file.

Access training resources.


Capacity Tracker

The capacity is an online tool where a Residential Aged Care Facility, General Practice or Aboriginal Medical Service can provide real-time data to help the Primary Health Network to identify issues early and support continuity of care for the community through primary care.

The tool enables providers to share their current status easily and quickly, and this information can be used to analyse the issues and challenges across the region and assist in identifying areas where support may be provided. It is fast, secure and completely free, as it is funded by HNECC PHN. 

Register now 

 


Information for the General Public

If members of the general public are after up-to-date information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) then we recommend the following sites that contain the evidence based guidance, advice and resources.

PatientInfo  are websites that provide up to date Coronavirus resources and links.

Central Coast PatientInfo   https://www.ccpatientinfo.org.au/ 

Hunter New England PatientInfo  http://www.patientinfo.org.au

NSW Department of Health

Commonwealth Department of Health


COVID-19 news and information in multiple languages

SBS's dedicated multilingual COVID-19 information site is a valuable resource for culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

The Dept. of Health is also providing a range of Coronavirus information resources including fact sheets, guidelines and other publications translated in multiple languages.