NSW Health reminds GPs about the importance of effective cold chain management of vaccines.

19 June 2019

General practitioners are being reminded of their obligations to care for vaccines according to national ‘Strive for 5’ guidelines. NSW Health is calling on the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Medical Council of NSW to assist in reminding GPs of their vaccine care obligations.

Patients of a Burwood general practice may need to be revaccinated after it was found that vaccines at this practice within the Central and Eastern Sydney region were incorrectly stored and some had expired and may not have been effective. Over 3000 patients have been contacted by NSW Health to get advice from a new GP on the need for revaccination.

GP’s are encourage to visit Sydney Local Health District’s website for advice and support: a letter to GPs and FAQ's to assist in answering patient questions are available. A hotline is also available for more information call 1800 959 939.

NSW Health has a range of resources available to support general practice care for vaccines, and the safe administration of vaccines. Vaccine storage and cold chain management information and resources can be found on their website.

A free vaccine cold chain management on-line learning module is also available: HETI online module and is recommended for all GPs, practice nurses, and practice staff.

The Immunisation Team at CESPHN can provide support and assistance to your practice to meet the current NSW requirements for cold chain management. Contact our team to arrange for an onsite training session for your staff on cold chain procedures and demonstrations.

P: 1300 986 991

E: immunisation@cesphn.com.au

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