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Whakatāne assessment centre open weekdays only

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The Whakatāne COVID-19 assessment centre will be open on weekdays only from now on.

The Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC), based at Whakatāne War Memorial Hall, will no longer be open on Saturday mornings.

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.

“People with mild symptoms are safe to wait over the weekend and can attend on Monday,” says Joe.

“There is no need to attend ED which should be reserved for people who require urgent medical attention.”

People are asked to bring their NHI number with them if they have it. If anyone is unsure they meet the eligibility, they need to call their General Practice or Healthline for advice.‍
People are required to arrive at the drive-through assessment centre in a vehicle and only with those within their bubble. Those who don’t have access to a vehicle should contact their GP for advice.

People 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.

Whakatāne CBAC opening hours at Whakatāne War Memorial Hall, Short Street

Monday-Friday                                                 9am-12.30pm

Weekends                                                          Closed

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