As signposted over the past month, the Ministry of Health have revised their guidelines for the free supply of PPE. This is to ensure there is adequate stocks available from the pandemic stocks when needed. Practices who are swabbing will still have access to full PPE for swabbing during Alert Level 1 but for all other uses practices are now required to buy PPE.
Please start ordering PPE not used for swabbing through your normal suppliers.
Waikato, Lakes and Tairāwhiti practices
We will do a stocktake on 12 October to check current stock levels.
You do not need to put in an order, we'll do this automatically for you based on your swabbing for the previous two weeks.
If you are swabbing and have low stocks of PPE before then, please contact:
Please continue to use your process and contact Tony Mottershead for any further assistance.
Matt Tong, Network lead, Tairāwhiti
027 616 4817
Michelle Bayley, Quality and performance lead
027 590 1241
Pen Blackmore, Network lead, Lakes
021 413 760
Tony Mottershead, General manager - Primary care strategic development
027 218 6524
This week you will have received an emergency supply of masks directly from the Ministry. These masks should be held in contingency for use at Alert Levels 2, 3 and 4.
Please refer to the Ministry of Health website: Personal protective equipment use in health and disability care settings.