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New Katikati COVID-19 assessment centre

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A new drive-through COVID-19 assessment centre in Katikati will open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting this week.

The service will be operational from 10am-2pm on those days. The location and opening times are as follows:

Katikati Community Based Assessment Centre, Katikati Rugby Club, Fairview Road, Katikati

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am – 2pm

Bay of Plenty District Health Board Community Based Health Services Lead Dr Joe Bourne says hours may continue to change depending on the level of demand but the centre would operate for as long as needed.

Joe says the assessment centre was designed to improve accessibility to swabbing in the Western Bay.

“The assessment centre has been established after conversations with the community and local GPs.

“There have been some smaller pop-up operations with local Māori in the area but this is a fixed site assessment centre which people can self-refer to.

“I would like to stress that this service is for people with potential COVID-19 symptoms and it is not a substitute for general practice.”

He says if people have health issues other than those which are potentially COVID-19 related, they should telephone their GP or Healthline for advice as normal.”

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.

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