As you will be well aware, the COVID-19 situation in New Zealand is evolving rapidly. The Ministry of Health are aware of the need for specific guidance for community health teams such as community pharmacies and are working on this as a matter of urgency. Some pharmacies may have received information from their own District Health Boards. The Society is working with stakeholders across the pharmacy sector and District Health Boards to develop further pharmacy-specific tools and will endeavour to have this to the sector in the coming days.
In the interim, we have developed a poster ( attached) that you can put outside the pharmacy or at the entry to remind people not to enter if they may have symptoms of COVID-19. The poster suggests that such patients either phone the special Healthline number if they have questions about COVID-19 or phone the pharmacy if they need to arrange something with you directly.
Remember, the key messages for everyone to stop the spread of COVID-19 are to be scrupulous about basic hygiene measures:
- wash hands regularly with soap and water, or cleanse with hand sanitiser
- stay at home if you are sick
- cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow and then perform hand hygiene
- clean surfaces regularly
Please phone the practice team if you have any questions and check the Ministry of Health website regularly for the most up-to-date information.