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Pop-up COVID-19 clinics announced for the BOP

Te Puna Ora O Mataatua staff working at the recent Pop-Up assessment clinic in Waikaremoana.

Pop-Up drive-through assessment clinics will be held in four more Eastern Bay locations over the course of the coming week.

With a strong community response to pop-up assessment centres for COVID-19 held across the Eastern Bay, the additional locations are to ensure fair access to assessment and community support in rural areas.

The assessment centres have previously been set up in locations as remote as Waikaremoana and follow a Kaupapa Māori approach, with Whānau Ora assessments ensuring that patients have wrap around care and have a positive experience of the process. The high turnout numbers have included 85 visitors to the Rūātoki one day pop-up.

Te Puna Ora O Mataatua CEO Dr Chris Tooley says they’re “stoked” with the response so far.

“It shows that people are responding well and that it’s important to bring the service to remote and isolated areas. Not everyone needs to get tested, some just get assessed, but regardless they leave with support and aroha, and we have the opportunity to make sure that they are doing ok during the lockdown.”

While drive-through assessment centres continue to support our healthcare system by assessing and treating people with, for example, coughs, colds and sore throat, general practice remains open and able to assess all other types of health issues.

All patients with the following symptoms are eligible to be seen at the drive-through facility:

  •   •  Cough

  •   •  Shortness of Breath

  •   •  Sore Throat

  •   •  Runny Nose

All symptoms can be with or without fever. If you have your NHI number, please bring this with you. If you are unsure if you meet the eligibility, please call your General Practice or Healthline for advice.

All patients are required to arrive at the drive-through assessment centre in a vehicle, only with people within your bubble. Those who do not have access to a vehicle can contact the Te Puna Ora Covid-19 support line on 0800 MATAATUA (628228) and press 9 for their dedicated line.

Te Puna Ora’s 0800 628 228 (option 9) support line has a team of skilled workers who speak English and Te Reo who are able to support Eastern Bay residents with needs ranging from COVID-19 questions and travel barriers, to hardship support for food, rent, prescriptions, and emotional support, advocacy and links to services.

Future hours and new pop-up sites will change with community need, and up to date assessment centre hours and days can be found at https://covid19.bopdhb.govt.nz/assessment-centres/

Matatā:               Friday, May 1                       10am-2pm
Matatā Rugby and Sports Club, 12 Division Street

Tāneatua             Saturday, May 2                10am-2pm
Rob Shaw Park, Corner Reid Road & McKenzie Street

Edgecumbe       Wednesday, May 6          10am-2pm
Cossie Club Carpark, College Road

Te Teko:              Friday, May 8        10am-2pm
Tūteao Marae, 597a Te Teko Road

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