COVID precautions

COVID-19 Precautions

Last updated 7/2/2022 – Press refresh or F5 to see the latest page


Glenfield Medical Centre will remain open throughout the COVID pandemic to look after our patients, but we will NEED YOUR HELP to ensure we can continue providing care to those who need them the most. To ensure our staff and phone lines remain accessible to critically ill patients, we would like patients seeking information to use our website as much as possible, or call the COVID-19 health advice line 0800 358 5453.

What to do to prepare for COVID-19

The current Omicron variant is highly transmissible, and it is only a matter of time until we see high numbers of daily case like we saw in Australia and overseas. It is important to prepare your household for the possibility of being positive with COVID-19, which can happen any moment without notice. Things to consider are:

  1.  Who’s at home with you? Who will need extra support if they are unwell?

    Talk to carers and support services early and make plans

  2.  If your whole household is in isolation, who can help you with food or supplies?

    Reach out early to them so everyone know how to help each other

  3.  Do you have enough of your long-term medications? Things you enjoy to stop boredom?

    Positive cases & household need to isolate for 10 days, but negative household members need to isolate for a further 7 days

  4.  Can you work from home? Can your school support learning at home?

    Talk to your employer or school and set up remote access in advance

  5.  What’s the best way of contacting you?

    Update your contact details with us by email or via ManageMyHealth

There is a good checklist available at Be prepared for COVID-19 | Unite against COVID-19 (


What supplies you should prepare

Medicinal supplies
Paracetamol, ibuprofen, nasal spray, saline drops, throat lozenges, cough medicine, electrolyte, heat/cool packs

PPE and cleaning products
Face masks, hand sanitiser, gloves, tissues, rubbish bags, cleaning products

There is an excellent article by a dietitian Your Red Light pantry: What food to have on hand for Covid-19 self-isolation |

How to protect against COVID-19

COVID vaccine
The one most effective way to prevent and protect against severe COVID-19 illnes. It will also reduce its spread and prevent the hospitals and health system being overwhelmed. Get your COVID vaccine and your booster as soon as possible.

Stay healthy
Regular exercise, healthy diets, adequate sleep and regular de-stress are all important to keep you in good condition to fight the virus. It also means you are in better position to look after your family and household.

Hand washing with soap and using hand sanitisers are easy ways to kill the virus, especially important if you have been in a public place. If you need to cough or sneeze, be sure to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or at least into your elbow, to limit airbourne transmission.

COVID-19 can be spread from contact and aerosol droplets. Therefore enclosed spaces with poor airflow, crowded places and close contact activities like conversation and singing are high risk. To reduce your risk, improve ventilation by opening windows and doors, have activities outdoor, keep physical distancing at 2m and wear a mask.

Wear a face mask whenever you leave the house, especially if you are indoors. There are a few types:
 – P2/N95 mask is the most effective but only if it is fit tested to ensure a tight seal with no air escaping from the sides, otherwise it is only as effective as a surgical mask.
 – Dispoable/Surgical mask provide very good protection, but remember to pinch the wire when on top of nose. Can use reuse up to 10 times by submerging in boiling water for a few minutes and hang dry.
 – Reusable fabric mask is comfortable but must have at least 3 layers to provide adequate protection. Should be cleaned daily using soap and hot water and hang dry.

Mask exemption

There is no legal requirement to have a mask exemption card. They are not issued by doctors, instead by disability organisations:
– Disabled Persons Assembly NZ     04 801 9100
– Blind Citizens NZ     0800 222 694
– Deaf Aotearoa
– Dementia NZ

See COVID-19 – Advice for people who are unable to wear a face mask | Ministry of Health NZ