On Wednesday 8th September those outside of the Auckland boundary move into Alert Level 2.
We again acknowledge the ongoing commitment of those in the Auckland region who are still in Alert Level 4, to keeping us all safe as we work towards getting this current outbreak under control. Kia kaha anō.The Ministry of Health (MoH) informed us last night of the final guidance for community allied health, scientific and technical providers in Alert Level 2As with previous COVID-19 guidance from MoH this is for physiotherapists working outside of the DHB sector. Physiotherapists working in DHBs continue to provide essential services under all levels and each DHB operates its own pandemic plan.
As stated in the MoH guidance at Alert Level 2 telehealth and virtual appointments are still the preferred option. Extra caution is also to be exercised when treating vulnerable groups due to the transmissibility of the Delta variant.
Physiotherapists are to continue following MoH Guidance and the Physiotherapy Board Serious Events Standard alongside sound clinical judgement when deciding whether to see patients for face-to-face consultations.
Advice for community allied health, scientific and technical providers in Alert Level 2 (from MoH)
‘Clinical reasoning and risk assessment remain the fundamental principles for considering care at Alert Level 2. Telehealth and virtual appointments are still the preferred option and please exercise extra caution when treating vulnerable groups
Clinicians will be able to see patients face to face if the following processes are in place:
When considering travel within and between regions ensure all risks have been taken into account before undertaking to provide care to patients and travelling to receive training.
Group treatment (eg, exercise classes) can occur so long as physical distancing is in place.’
With many physiotherapists now beginning to commence providing services under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 it is imperative to have read and understood all relevant and current guidance and requirements, and have a plan in place as to how they will keep their patients, themselves, whānau and families safe.