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A new drive-thru Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC) is opening at Whangamata

A new drive-thru Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC) is opening at Whangamata

Posted April 05, 2020
Health

Media Release: Waikato District Health Board

Whangamata is the location for the latest drive-thru Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC)

A new drive-thru Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC) is opening tomorrow, Monday 6 April, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Whangamata Memorial Hall, 326 Port Road.

Then from Tuesday 7 April the Whangamata Centre will be open daily from 9 am to 3 pm.

Waikato DHB is setting up Community Based Assessment Centres (CBAC) throughout the Waikato.

These centres are for assessment and swabbing if you think you may have COVID-19. This is not a place for treatment or vaccinations i.e. influenza - you need to contact a general practice or doctor or pharmacy for these.

Clinicans will use clinical judgement around testing if they suspect COVID-19 symptoms, even without travel history.

If you are displaying flu-like systems or have recently travelled, you need to 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 general practice/doctor for advice.

It is important that only those directed to seek assessment visit the centres to avoid creating unnecessary delays.

Please be prepared to wait at the centres and do not get out of your car.

You will be greeted at the centre by trained medical professionals who will be in full personal protection gear and who will ask you a number of questions and take a temperature check to confirm if testing is required.

Photo: Waikato DHB - South Waikato CBAC