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10 September 2021

The weekly newsletter of Auckland PHO provides details of events, meetings, clinical information and PHO Programmes to our Practices
Covid Vaccination & Eligibility Report on Mohio
We are delighted to advise that an up to date COVID-19 vaccination report is available on Mohio.

This report can be found under Clinical Reports/Imms/Covid Vaccination Report/Practice COVID Vaccination & Eligibility Report.

The report provides you with real-time Covid Vaccination status information by ethnicity at NHI level 

  • Total number of eligible patients
  • Unvaccinated eligible count
  • Unvaccinated %
  • First vaccination count
  • First Vaccination %
  • Second vaccination count
  • Second Vaccination %
  • Name
  • NHI

Further COVID-19 Updates: Important Information for Primary Care

Interim communication for Auckland clinicians 

Symptoms which should trigger consideration of COVID-19 testing 

Northern Region Health Coordination Centre (NRHCC) are working with the Ministry of Health to review the current clinical criteria for COVID-19. Data from the current outbreak suggest that ‘typical’ respiratory symptoms are still the most common symptoms reported. Other less common symptoms may also be present, but usually alongside respiratory symptoms.

Currently listed symptoms for COVID-19 are new or worsening cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, sneezing and runny nose (coryza), anosmia (loss of sense of smell) or dysgeusia (altered sense of taste), fever (at least 38˚C). Other less common symptoms currently listed are diarrhoea, headache, myalgia (muscle aches), nausea, vomiting, or confusion/irritability. Abdominal pain is being added to the less common symptom list.

Clinicians across the health sector are asked to remain vigilant to less specific/common symptoms of COVID-19 in anyone with symptoms consistent with an acute viral illness. While many of these symptoms are not specific to COVID-19, please have a low threshold to swab, especially where there is not another more likely diagnosis for the person’s symptoms.

It is not currently recommended that extended lists of COVID-19 symptoms are added to health sector screening questions, as respiratory symptoms are still part of most common presentations and there are substantial implications for the organisation of clinical services; however, please follow local recommendations. Further advice on this will follow.

Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facility Clinical Team contact details

Each of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facility facilities has nurse availability onsite 24 hours, and a doctor or nurse practitioner onsite during the day and on-call overnight.

If you have a specific concern about one of your patients who is in a Managed Isolation and Quarantine Facility, you can contact the nurse on duty by calling:


  • Duty Nurse Phone: 021 667 256
Novotel Ellerslie
  • Duty Nurse Phone: 021 354 570
Holiday Inn
  • Duty Nurse Phone: 021 665 743
If you need to contact the medical team because of an emergency please call the MIQ medical team: 021 552 043

These numbers will shortly be listed on the COVID-19 Information HealthPathway under Local guidance > Help lines

COVID-19 Testing information sheet
The COVID-19 Testing Information Sheet for the Northern Region has been updated and can be found on the COVID-19 Information Healthpathway under Local Guidance > Patient Information and is also available on the Auckland Regional Public Health Service website here. This information sheet should be provided to people when they have a COVID-19 test.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Update
Supporting patients impacted by a possible dilution error at Highbrook Vaccination Centre on 12 July

As a precaution, all patients who attended the Highbrook Vaccination Centre on 12 July are being offered a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccination due to a possible vaccine dilution error on that day.

Affected patients will be sent a letter today explaining the situation and offering them a third dose.

There are risks and benefits to accepting or declining an additional dose. Please help support affected patients to make their decision. A set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for clinicians have been developed to assist you. 

An in-person informed consent discussion will need to occur – both you and your patient need to sign the attached consent form. You will also need to complete a prescription.

The letter, the FAQs, consent form, prescription template and a quick step guide are attached and will be available shortly on the COVID-19 Vaccination Information HealthPathway.

The patient will need to take both the consent form and the prescription with them to their vaccination appointment.
IMAC is available to support you with clinical questions on 0800 466 863.
Extension 3rd Dose Vaccine - Quick Step Guide.pdf [734.7 KB]
Highbrook Clinician FAQ090921.pdf [605.4 KB]
Highbrook consumer consent_final090921.pdf [727.7 KB]
Highbrook consumer letter_090921.pdf [592.5 KB]
COVID-19 Vaccine Rx.pdf [1.4 MB]

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Online CPR Immediate Rescuer Course for clinical staff and vaccinators

The Ko Awatea Learn CPR Immediate Rescuer Course has been updated and reformatted and is now live on the MoH learn online site. 

The intended audience is clinical staff and vaccinators. 

It supports the interim measure of online CPR training at Alert level 3 and 4 circulated 2 September 2021 by MoH.

Here are the instructions that can be sent out to people to get into the course:


Auckland PHO Nurse Peer Group

Date: Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Time: 7-8pm
RSVP: register online here or email with your home email address by Monday 13 September 2021

Since our last Nurse peer group meeting, we have all changed to working again under Level 4 restrictions again. Let’s share some of the positive and negative experiences and discuss any issues in your clinical settings. Look forward to catching up again on Zoom.


GPCME Speaker Series - Heart Failure Management in Primary Care

Associate Professor Gerry Devlin provided an overview of heart failure in New Zealand, as well as information about evolving medical therapies and troubleshooting tips for primary care. He also reviewed the evidence supporting the use of sacubitril/valsartan (Entresto®) in the treatment of patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction.

Please see below a copy of the summary of a heart failure symposium from the June 2021 GPCME Rotorua meeting.

view online

Practical management for patients with diabetes webinar 

Health Media will be conducting an independent educational webinar with CME points on the practical management for patients with Diabetes. The speaker is Dr Helen Snell from Palmerston North who is also President of NZSSD.

Date: 22nd September 2021
Time: 7–8pm

Please see attachment for more information

MRI service webinar – refresher for accredited GPs

Join us for a refresher webinar for accredited GPs on Tuesday 21, or Thursday 23, September from 6.30 to 7.30pm.

This webinar is only open to those already accredited for MRI referral (those who have attended an in-person session previously).

This webinar will be led by clinical director Dr Natalie Clarke and Dr Michael Loten, who will share key updates about:

  • New contract changes
  • New IT referral platform Profusion
  • A brief reminder of the clinical pathways and musculoskeletal assessments.
Register for the webinar here. 

Any questions, please contact 

HWNZ Postgrad University Information

The University  PG Roadshows won’t be going ahead this year due to the current Covid  situation.

Attached is some information from each of the universities which will be  helpful for all nurses in PHC who are considering post graduate  study in 2022.

Registered Nurse or Nurse Prescriber Vacancy

Health Connections are a leading provider of youth health services and we're seeking a permanent Full Time Registered Nurse or Nurse Prescriber.

Please note all applications are via SEEK

If you would like a copy of the position description please email or call for an informal chat on 0210607636

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