New South Wales COVID-19 updates
This page contains the latest updates and information for pharmacists in New South Wales.
For nationally relevant information visit PSA’s dedicated COVID-19 web page.
- AOD COVID-19 response page
- Pharmacies supplying OTP for patients in self-isolation fromCOVID-19
- Image-Based prescriptions – Information for pharmacists
- Image-Based prescriptions – Information for prescribers
- Image-based prescriptions are now valid in NSW (17 Apr 2020)
- Vaccination Clinics Implementation during COVID-19 response
- Accessing mental health services in NSW
- NSW Government extend emergency dispensing for pharmacists (25 Mar 2020)
- Advice for pharmacists to assist patients in home isolation
- NSW Health advice for community pharmacists on COVID-19
- COVID-19 action plan for community pharmacy OTP dosing points
- Advice for community pharmacists on COVID-19
- Alert for community pharmacy- pharmacists in charge, on COVID-19
Community Pharmacy – Symptom & Test Poster
NSW Health Message to community pharmacists (12 July 2021)
Be aware the risk of COVID-19 transmission in Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool LGAs is very high
Screen patrons for respiratory symptoms (Fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, body aches, sore or scratchy throat, headache, runny nose) prior to entering the premises
Ensure anyone identified with respiratory symptoms does not enter the premises and is referred for urgent assessment and testing for COVID-19
Be clear about what patrons need, preferably prior to patrons entering the premises
Ensure there is no browsing by patrons
Community pharmacists in NSW can now accept image-based prescriptions received by email or fax from a medical practitioner or nurse practitioner.
- Digital image can be sent only via email or fax
- Pharmacist must print and keep copy of prescription
- Repeats must be kept at pharmacy
- S4D and S8 (Controlled Drugs) excluded
- Applies to prescriptions issued by doctors and nurse practitioners
- Change is in place until at least 4 April 2021
Five new S4D Medicines
In a significant change, five additional substances identified have been added in Appendix D of the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008, including:
As with any S4D medicine, prescriptions for these medicines can only be dispensed for up to six months from the date of issue.
A list of all Schedule 4 Appendix D medicines is available on the NSW Health website.
PSA has been advised this includes prescriptions which were written before the date of this change. For example, a prescription for quetiapine dated 1 September 2019 is now expired.
NSW Health has prepared FAQs available here.
HealthPathways is an online clinical and referral information portal used by clinicians at the point of care. HealthPathways provides access to management and treatment options on a range of clinical presentations and information about local clinical services and their referral processes.
Pharmacists that reside within the PHNs below can access health pathways, particularly the pathway relevant to COVID-19 response, for best practice treatment and management.
NSW Health has published a suggested action plan for community pharmacy OTP dosing points as a contingency plan for the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Access information on the suggested strategies provided for consideration and implementation as appropriate here.
Access information for pharmacies supplying OTP for patients in self-isolation from COVID-19 here.
Access a copy of the suggested delivery procedure here.
Contact the Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.
|Central and Eastern Sydney||1300 986 email@example.com||www.cesphn.org.au|
|Hunter New England and Central Coast||1300 859 firstname.lastname@example.org||www.hneccphn.com.au|
|Murrumbidgee||02 6923 email@example.com||www.mphn.org.au|
|Nepean Blue Mountains||02 4708 firstname.lastname@example.org||www.nbmphn.com.au|
|North Coast||02 6618 email@example.com||www.ncphn.org.au|
|Northern Sydney||02 9432 firstname.lastname@example.org||www.sydneynorthhealthnetwork.org.au|
|South Eastern NSW||1300 069 email@example.com||www.coordinare.org.au|
|South Western Sydney||02 4632 firstname.lastname@example.org||www.swsphn.com.au|
|Western NSW||1300 699 email@example.com||www.wnswphn.org.au|
|Western Sydney||02 8811 firstname.lastname@example.org||www.wentwest.com.au|
If you have any queries or are looking for the latest, up-to-date advice regarding COVID-19 in your state or territory, please contact your local PSA office.