COVID - 19 Resources

COVID-19

Click on the tabs below to access our COVID-19 resources.

Please get in touch with if you have any questions.

Click on the Links Below to Access our COVID-19 Rostering Resources.

Examples of rosters

Rostering Guidelines Under COVID

A Note on 12 Hour Shifts

Watch an Instructional videos on the donning & doffing of PPE gear here.

Scrubs

We are aware some places are struggling to get scrubs.  Your MECA now provides that:

“It shall be the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the workplace meets the required health and safety standards and that effective and maintained safety equipment (including Personal Protective equipment such as scrubs, masks etc) is provided where required by service and/or by the context of the employees’ work.”

If you are having difficulty, first port of call is usually to get scrubs from the theatre changing rooms.  If you have any push back from theatre staff contact us. We can then go through the RMO unit to ensure that this is resolved.  Email for assistance if you need.

Childcare arrangements  

  • Workers who have children aged up to 13-years-old can access free care, so they are able to continue to provide the essential services we need during the current lockdown.
  • This is for the workers in Alert Level 4 businesses and services, and other exempted services such as fire and emergency and border workers.
  • The scheme is also only for those Level 4 workers who do not have childcare in place – parents are expected to use their own private arrangements where possible.
  • A list of 32 providers, with national coverage, is now available for parents to contact.
  • These providers may offer options for childcare under the scheme either in the child’s home, or in the carer’s home.  The scheme aims to provide as much flexibility as possible for those workers who need it.
  • Just like last lockdown, these are all licensed services that usually provide home-based early childhood education – so all the safety checks have been done. And, just like last time, each carer will be limited to caring for children from a total of one family only.
  • Note: The funding is available for childcare provision where there is no other adult in the worker’s household who can care for the child, and the carer does not normally live at the same address as the worker.
  • More information, including how to contact a provider, can be found here.

Click on the links below to access some general COVID-19 resources.

The ‘Covid-19, don’t bring it home’ printable resource

A resource on 12 hour shifts

Restrictions for Pregnant Workers

We have asked that under the category of wellbeing, those concerned about being at work be given some latitude.  The DHBs are looking into this and in the interim suggest anyone in this category talk to occupational health about your circumstances.

The restrictions are:

  • If pregnant, you cannot work in any designated or higher-risk Covid-19 roles or areas (regardless of gestation).
  • If under 28 weeks pregnant with no complications or relevant health conditions, you can continue working in patient-facing roles.
  • If under 28 weeks pregnant with complications and/or relevant health conditions, you may not work in any patient-facing roles until you have completed a VWRA and have been cleared by the OH&SS.  It is likely that you will only be fit for non-patient-facing roles.

What about the deployment of pregnant staff and vaccination status?

Pregnant staff, even if ‘pro-vaccine’ may have chosen not to get vaccinated initially as the relative risks and benefits were less clear than now. It is now clear that there is a greater likelihood of complications for pregnant women infected with the Delta variant than their age matched cohorts, particularly in the third trimester related to respiratory compromise. There are also risks of pregnancy loss in earlier pregnancy.

COVID-19 vaccination is now strongly recommended for all pregnant women.

And of course, pregnant women should not be deployed in COVID-19 red zones, and those over 28 weeks pregnant not in patient facing roles. Women under 28 weeks pregnant who do not have any complications (or relevant health conditions/ risk factors), can continue to work in patient-facing roles while wearing appropriate PPE, but not in areas with high risk of COVID-19 patients.

Deployment decisions related to the red zone, and patient facing roles for women with complications/risk factors, should involve Occupational Health. In general, a more rather than less cautious approach is recommended for pregnant women.

What about unvaccinated workers in health?

Key risk areas have been identified as:

  • situations where staff are seeing people with undifferentiated illness, e.g. in primary care and emergency departments including associated radiology departments.
  • situations where there is a ‘density of potential exposure’ where staff may be directly caring for COVID-19 patients, in particular the designated medical ward(s) for COVID-19 patients or ICU.
  • staff who interact with people across multiple areas all the time in hospital settings, such as phlebotomists.
For unvaccinated staff working in any of these areas, two key additional mitigations have been advised.  You should:
  • wear a medical mask at all times in the work environment (when not seeing patients that require other PPE), to protect others; and
  • be expected to participate in regular surveillance testing. Exploration of saliva testing could facilitate this (e.g. saliva testing every 2 or 3 days along with weekly nasopharyngeal swab, and nasopharyngeal swab immediately if symptomatic).
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions. 

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What about unvaccinated workers in health?

Key risk areas have been identified as:

  • situations where staff are seeing people with undifferentiated illness, e.g. in primary care and emergency departments including associated radiology departments.
  • situations where there is a ‘density of potential exposure’ where staff may be directly caring for COVID-19 patients, in particular the designated medical ward(s) for COVID-19 patients or ICU.
  • staff who interact with people across multiple areas all the time in hospital settings, such as phlebotomists.
For unvaccinated staff working in any of these areas, two key additional mitigations have been advised.  You should:
  • wear a medical mask at all times in the work environment (when not seeing patients that require other PPE), to protect others; and
  • be expected to participate in regular surveillance testing. Exploration of saliva testing could facilitate this (e.g. saliva testing every 2 or 3 days along with weekly nasopharyngeal swab, and nasopharyngeal swab immediately if symptomatic).
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions.

Have questions?

We are here to help. Fill out the form below, send us an email or give us a call.

As a result of the unions representing healthcare workers working together and actively lobbying, ADHB has changed their visitor policy. The new visitor policy is as follows:

No visitors to be granted access unless approved by the Clinical Nurse Manager or senior manager on shift.

A maximum of one visitor or legal guardian that has been screened will be granted access if approved.

Birthing Suite: 1 support person can be with the labouring mother during birth and can stay postnatally until discharge – as long as they fulfil safety criteria. They need to stay in their bubble, in the room, as much as possible and wear a medical mask in public spaces/if there is a staff member in attendance.

Women’s Clinics: 1 support person may attend sensitive appointments or scans. Child health services including inpatients, outpatients and NICU: A maximum of one visitor or legal guardian that has been screened will be allowed to visit/accompany and cannot be swapped with another parent/guardian. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and any special care units: Visitor numbers will be restricted to one at a time and must be a parent or legal guardian.

Read news related to the ADHB visitor policy by clicking on the links below:

Auckland DHB Changes Visitor Policy after Nurses’ Union Takes Legal Action – Stuff, 13 September 2021

Criticism Continues to Mount over Auckland Hospital Visitor Rules – 1 News, 10 September 2021

Auckland Hospital Tightens Visiting Rules but Doctors’ Union Wants it to go Further – RNZ, 10 September 2021

Covid-19: Junior Doctors want Change to ADHB Visitor Policy – RNZ, 10 September 2021

Hospital Visitors Clustered Together During Level 4 say Cancer Patients – RNZ, 09 September 2021

Middlemore Hospital’s Covid Contacts test Negative so far – 1 News, 08 September 2021

Covid-19: Auckland DHB Staff Told in Memo not to Speak to the Media – Stuff, 07 September 2021

Click Here to View the MoH Health & Disability Worker Vaccinations Order. 

Click Here to View the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order (No 3) 2021.

Click Here to View the Application – Exception from COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccination) Order 2021.

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