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Ordering PPE bundles
To support the safe management of COVID-19 positive patients the Australian Government is making additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available to general practice. The expanded program provides comprehensive PPE bundles that are intended to support approximately 4 weeks of COVID-19 positive patient consultations per clinical staff member (i.e. 40 patient consultations – 20 patients with 2 consultations each).
PPE bundles including P2/N95 respirators, goggles, full length gowns, gloves, surgical masks, hand sanitiser and pulse oximeters will be made available to all:
- GPs, ACCHSs and GPRCs willing to treat COVID positive patients face-to-face, until 30 September 2022
- ACCHSs and rural and remote GPs (Rural and Remote areas is defined as RRMA zones 3-7) willing to treat COVID positive patients virtually and respiratory patients face-to-face, where workforce capacity is limited AND the GP is serving the community for most or all health needs, until 30 September 2022.
In addition, P2/N95 respirators and eye protection will be provided to all:
- GPs and GPRCs willing to support COVID positive people virtually, and respiratory patients face-to-face, until 30 September 2022.
To order PPE bundles or explore the program in more detail please complete the PPE request form at the below link:
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