Gippsland general practices can monitor low-risk COVID-19 positive patients in their home, thanks to a partnership between Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) and the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit (GRPHU).
The new model of care is designed to relieve pressure on the acute care health system to manage positive cases in response to a predicted surge in the number of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 between now and January 2022.
Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch, said Gippsland PHN had worked closely with the GRPHU and other state health services since the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020.
“The development of this new ‘COVID-19 Positive Pathway for GPs’ is a great outcome from this ongoing collaboration and importantly, a great outcome for the community,” Ms Proposch said.
“General practices are already monitoring their patients who approach them directly. This new pathway provides an embedded process for positive patients once they have been assessed by the GRPHU team.”
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