Pandemic response information – urgent care clinics
RNZCUC Facility Audit Subcommittee statement on urgent care opening hours; COVID19 pandemic response 1 April 2020
“Urgent Care clinics are contractually obliged under UC2015 standard to be open 8am to 8pm 7 days a week.
RNZCUC understands with the lockdown there has been a dramatic reduction in need which has placed significant financial stress on clinics.
Reduction of hours is acceptable on a temporary basis as long as the needs of the community are met.
If medically demand increases with or without a lockdown then clinics have a duty of care to increase clinic hours.
Negotiations are ongoing to secure additional funding for Urgent Care Clinics.
Where ever possible maintain normal working hours or minimum 8am to 8pm.
If necessary can consider small reduction in hours eg to 7pm or 6pm in evening
Any reduction to finish before 6pm requires serious consideration. Are you meeting the needs of the community?
If you close the clinic earlier than 8pm consider a phone diversion service that you can provide phone consultation/ advise from home for your population.”
Resuscitation training requirements – urgent care clinics (issued 16 April)
That all recertification requirements for doctors including ACLS has a one year pause.
That ACLS requirements for nurses as part of UC2015 is deferred until at least 30 September 2020.
Audits (issued 16 April)
Requirements for audits shall not be enforced for the period 1 march until 30 sept 2020. However many clinics are quiet at the moment so it may be time saving on to get up to date on audits.