Our General Practice Improvement Team (GPIT) has been supporting general practice over the last few weeks fielding many phone and e-mail enquiries relating to COVID-19, including personal protective equipment (PPE) requests and providing information on changes to MBS items using Telehealth. The team has been delivering PPE to all practices across the ACT, as well as supplying to community pharmacies. Practice stocks of PPE have been monitored and stock supplied has been reported to the Department of Health each week.
To help us plan our distribution of masks issued by the Australian Government from the National Medical Stockpile (NMS), we ask that general practices, ACCHO and community pharmacy complete this online PPE Request Form so that we can determine the requirements for your service.
Practices have been reminded that PPE issued from the National Medical Stockpile (NMS) is to top-up their supply in the event they are unable to obtain PPE from their usual supplier, not to take the place of their usual stores orders. The first round of deliveries of PPE from the NMS have been undertaken and the second round continues this week. The team is using a contactless delivery service whereby practices are contacted when the team member arrives and a safe drop is completed at the practice’s front door. In some instances, a time-based delivery window will be advised prior to delivery. Provisions have been made to ensure continuous supply over the coming period.
The GPIT will continue to deliver PPE to your practice using contactless delivery. This means you may receive a phone call from a team member advising you they are outside your practice with your supplies. You will need to send a staff member to collect them. Thank you for your continued assistance with the delivery efforts.
Please find an update about PPE for GPs, pharmacies, Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations, NDIS and disability providers, and aged care providers (residential, in home and community care) under "Related Documents" below.