The Waikato District Health Board is in the process of establishing Community Based Assessment Centres (CBAC) throughout the Waikato with four centres expected to be up and running within the next seven days, commencing with a drive-thru facility at Claudelands Event Centre tomorrow, Saturday 21 March.
“As the situation develops the intention is that these centres would take the pressure off the GPs who are currently processing a number of patients who require an assessment for COVID-19” says Dr Damian Tomic, Waikato DHB clinical director of planning.
“It is important for people to understand that just because they come to these centres they will not automatically be swabbed for COVID-19. You will be greeted at the centre by trained medical professionals who will ask you a number of questions and take a temperature check.
“Based on the information provided, the medical personnel will make a decision as to whether you require a swab or not,” says Dr Tomic.
The centres will be established throughout the Waikato including the rural areas like Taumuranui.
“Waikato DHB is working in partnership with Civil Defence and Councils to ensure we have COVID-19 Testing Centres in all city and rural centres across Waikato.”
If you are displaying flu-like systems or have recently travelled, this is what we want you to do:
Phone Healthline on 0800 358 5453. Healthline will provide guidance on whether assessment and testing is needed.
If you cannot get through to Healthline you can also phone your GP for advice.
Where to find a community based assessment centre:
Claudelands Event Centre
Saturday 21 March
From 8am to 8pm daily
Entrance Gate 4, Brooklyn Road, Hamilton
Drive-Thru and Walk-in available, all through Gate 3
If you can, please bring your National Health Information (NHI)
Sunday 22 March 2020
8.30am to 3pm
5-75 Maraetai Road Tokoroa
Drive-Thru and Walk-in
New centres will be established in Huntly and Ngaruawahia within the next week.
Be patient and respect others, especially our staff who will carry out assessments.
Please do not get out of the vehicle unless instructed by medical staff.
Please drive carefully.
Walk-thru / in access
Please do not overcrowd our waiting area.
Please do not take public transport to the event, especially if unwell.
For further advice and support about COVID-19
The Ministry of health answers many common questions about COVID-19 at health.govt.nz/covid-19
If people want information about the response beyond the Ministry of Health, visit covid19.govt.nz or call the 0800 Government Helpline on 0800 779 997 (9 am–5 pm, 7 days a week), for example if people have welfare concerns e.g. paying for bills, food because they are in isolation.
For travel advice, visit the Government’s Safetravel website at safetravel.govt.nz/contact
If people are unable to work or have lost their job because of COVID-19 visit workandincome.govt.nz
If people are concerned about an event, reach out to the people organising it for information.
If you are feeling anxious, stressed, worried and scared you can free call or text 1737 at any time to speak with a trained counsellor – it’s free and confidential.
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