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New opening times for Eastern BOP COVID-19 centres

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Two Eastern Bay of Plenty COVID-19 assessment centres are changing their opening times.

The Whakatāne assessment centre’s Saturday opening times have changed and the Ōpōtiki centre will move to opening on Thursday and Saturday starting on Thursday, May 7. 

The opening times for the Kawerau assessment centre remain the same.

Bay of Plenty Community Based Health Services lead Dr Joe Bourne says hours at the CBACs would continue to change according to demand.

“Following on from previous statements made when we see, or anticipate, changes in demand we will increase or reduce our capacity to suit. We want these services to be as accessible as possible for our community, whilst also making best use of our resources.

“Depending on what’s happening within our communities as we move forward we will continue to flex with demand and amend opening hours accordingly. I would like to say that we’re really grateful to the community for their understanding with this approach.”

The opening times for all three fixed site Community Based Assessment Centres are:

Whakatāne - at the Whakatāne War Memorial Hall

Monday-Saturday                   9am-12.30pm

Sunday                                                 Closed

Ōpōtiki - at the Ōpōtiki Senior Citizens Hall 

Thursdays and Saturdays        10am-2pm

Kawerau - at the Ron Hardie Recreation Centre Car Park

Tuesdays and Thursdays         10am-2pm

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board is advising people attending the assessment centres that depending upon patient numbers, there can be a wait to be seen.

•          Please be prepared to wait, the process can take up to 30 minutes per person

•          If there are cars ahead of you, you can be waiting for over an hour. Patients are advised to be prepared for this and to bring water and snacks with them

•          People will need to remain in their vehicle at all times

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

•          Cough

•          Shortness of Breath

•          Sore Throat

•          Runny Nose

All symptoms can be with or without fever. People are asked to bring their NHI number if they know it. If people are unsure if they meet the eligibility, they are asked to call their General Practice or Healthline for advice.

For the latest information on CBACs opening times please go to: covid19.bopdhb.govt.nz/assessment-centres/

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