Covid in the home – what primary care needs to know

WEBINAR: Thursday 28 October 2021, 7.30 - 8.45 pm

When and if there is a surge of Covid-19, there will be sufficient cases in the community to necessitate primary care management of patients at home.

There are good models to follow and it is not difficult to do. In this webinar, the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre specialists cover what has been done in London UK and Canada around home management of Covid-19 patients.


Our panel

Dr Gary Jackson is Director of Population Health at Counties Manukau Health, where he has been off and on since 1998.  Most recently all work seems to revolve around covid-19.

His presentation sets the scene for the current outbreak in Auckland, projections as to where it is headed in the short term, and some longer-term views.



Lance O'Sullivan is a New Zealand Māori doctor formerly practising in Kaitaia, Northland. He is also an author, public speaker and public health advocate.

He works with Stephanie Hlohovsky a nurse practitioner and they are managing the Government MIQ facilities where Covid-19 positive patients are located for quarantine purposes. They will talk about their experience of dealing with these patients from the physical, social and psychological issues that have arisen.


Stephanie Hlohovsky is a nurse practitioner, managing the Government MIQ facilities.


Tim Cutfield will briefly outline the model of remote care used and adapted at his institution over a year of COVID-19 transmission peaks in London before and after community vaccination. He will share programmatic and clinical insights gained over this time and key lessons for clinicians beginning to provide community COVID-19 care.

Tim is an Infectious Diseases and General Medicine Consultant who started working at Middlemore Hospital in September, having worked at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and University College London Hospital in North-Central London throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to inpatient COVID-19 care, he led a COVID-19 remote community service through London’s second and third ‘waves’.


 Dee Mangin is a New Zealand GP academic who is a professor at the University of Otago and at McMaster University where she holds a Chair in Family Medicine.

She led the development and scaleup of the primary care model for COVID care at home in Ontario, at a time where cases peaked at over 4000 daily. She was also medical director of the local community COVID monitoring ward for the McMaster Family Health Team. Dee will briefly outline the model, which involved risk stratification to determine the initial monitoring approach, supply of pulse oximeters to practices to lend to patients, and a clear evidenced-based pathway to support monitoring. She will also share practical approaches to safe primary care of COVID at home.  



Christine McIntosh will talk about what is planned for the Auckland Region Response in terms of primary care managing the Covid-19 positive patients at home. She is interim Clinical Lead Covid Care in the Community NRHCC, usual roles are GP Liaison Counties Manukau Health, Clinical Editor Auckland Regional Health Pathways and Senior Research Fellow The University of Auckland. She is a member of the Clinical Advisory Group, Managing COVID-19 Care in the Community.


This presentation is intended for qualified health practitioners professional development and should not be relied upon for any other purpose. Any opinions offered are those of the presenter or other speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of Goodfellow Unit.

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