Home > News - Pitopito kōrero > Before you consider seeing patients face to face under current Level 3 – please read

Before you consider seeing patients face to face under current Level 3 – please read

Physiotherapy at Level 3: Key requirements to re-open safely under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert Level Requirements) Order (No 12) 2021.

As we have informed you of the recent COVID-19 Public Health Response (Alert level) Order it is possible for non-DHB physiotherapy clinics to start re-opening under Level 3.  The Order requires physiotherapy practices to comply with the following under all Alert Levels:
• Display of QR codes in workplaces (clause 9)
• Workplace systems and processes to enable keeping of contact records (clause 11)

The above order is the mandatory legal requirements. 

In addition there is a requirement as health professions you to take all the required precautions to practice safely AND mitigate risk related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vigilance in meeting all infection control and protection is required during this time

We have provided advice for opening under Level 3 Alert level and before you considering opening safety for your patients please ensure you have read and are able to meet this advice.

Here are the ‘reopening points’, the advice in full can be found here

  1. Risk Assessment Screening must be used prior to the appointment (and re-checked on arrival) for all patients and support people attending
  2. Use outcome of the Risk Assessment Screen questions to determine whether patient should be seen Face-to-Face OR Telehealth based on COVID -19 risk

  3. Clinic environment prepared for seeing screened patients
  4. Physio and patient to wear mask
  5. QR code scanning and appointment book for contact tracing
  6. Overarching Public Health precautions taken include:
    1. Ensure good ventilation
    2. Use of appropriate PPE
    3. Hand hygiene
    4. Cleaning protocols rooms and touch points between consults
    5. Waiting room precautions and maintaining physical distance of 2 metres within the waiting room

Contact us

If you have any queries, please contact us: physio@physioboard.org.nz or pnz@physiotherapy.org.nz