COVID-19 Primary Care Update 14/1/2022

14 January 2022

Good evening. It was great seeing so many of you at the COVID-19 webinar, hosted by Adelaide PHN on Wednesday.

For those who could not attend, please view my presentation slides (PDF 2.9MB) for your reference, which has been expanded to include other useful information, including RAT info and a link to the recording here.

The slide set also contains criteria regarding the paediatric pathway as well, with the GP Assessment Team able to refer in for the COVIDKids service, which is a specialised paediatrician pathway for higher risk children only.

Updated COVID-19 testing requirements

Updates have been made to the Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Requirements Direction and Use of PCR Tests Direction. Public and private pathology service providers must only test a person for COVID-19 via a PCR test if: 

The person is displaying the following symptoms of COVID-19: 

  • cough 
  • sore throat 
  • shortness of breath (difficulty breathing) 
  • runny nose 
  • fever (a temperature of 37.5˚C or higher) or chills ·
  • acute loss of taste or smell 
  • headache 
  • muscle aches 
  • unexplained tiredness (fatigue) 
  • nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea;

or 

  • The person has been directed to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test by an authorised officer or SA Health or due to another Emergency Management Direction requirement;

or 

  • The person is required to test prior to interstate or overseas travel;

or 

  • The person has a positive result on a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Rapid antigen tests (RAT) can be used for close contacts of a COVID-19 positive case.

A kit of two free rapid antigen tests can be collected from a RAT Collection Point by close contacts after registering on the SA Health website. A positive rapid antigen test result is considered a COVID-19 case.

There is no requirement for a PCR test to confirm the results. For more information on registering for tests and to report results, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDRapidAntigenTesting.

More information about the Direction changes is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.

ScriptCheckSA update

From 1 April 2022, the Controlled Substances legislation will change and AHPRA-registered prescribers and pharmacists will be required to use Script Check SA when prescribing a monitored drug.

You can register now and access free online training at www.scriptcheck.sa.gov.au.

For more information visit ScriptCheckSA for prescribers and pharmacists or email Health.RTPM@sa.gov.au.

Please forward this update to any colleagues who may not have received it and contact us at Health.COVID-19GPLiaison@sa.gov.au to be added to our mailing list or with any other enquiries.