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Walk-in COVID testing clinic to open in Tauranga

The clinic will be open from Boxing Day. File Image.

A temporary walk-in clinic for COVID-19 assessment and testing will be available in Tauranga over the holiday period.

The clinic will be located at Chadwick Healthcare South City on Cameron Road in Tauranga from December 26 to January 10, daily from 10am to 4pm.

The clinic has been organised by the Bay of Plenty District Health Board and Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation to help people avoid potentially long waiting times for treatment for respiratory issues at Tauranga Hospital’s Emergency Department or Accident & Healthcare in Second Avenue, at a time of year when the region has an influx of holiday visitors.

“The Emergency Department is for just that – emergencies – so the walk-in clinic is a much better option for people with respiratory issues,” says Phil Back, WBOP PHO’s General Manager Practice Services.

Visitors from out of town who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can pop into the clinic for assessment and get tested, if appropriate.

Symptoms include a cough, fever (at least 38˚C), shortness of breath, a sore throat, sneezing and runny nose, and temporary loss of smell.

Residents of the Western Bay of Plenty are encouraged to contact their GP, Hauora or Healthline in the first instance over the holiday period.

GP practices can be called day or night. A nurse triage service answering after-hours calls is in place for all 31 of the Western Bay of Plenty’s medical centres and Hauora.

Healthline is available 24-hours a day on 0800 611 116 and can assess and advise if you need to be tested.

For non-COVID-19-related health concerns, Accident & Healthcare in Second Avenue provides walk-in urgent care as well as no-appointment medical care.

It is open every day, including Christmas Day, from 8am to 9pm. Visitors to the area can also attend this clinic.

Pharmacies can also help with minor ailments. Johns Photo Pharmacy on Cameron Road is open every day over the holidays, including 9am-12 noon on Christmas Day.

The Chemist Warehouse in Bethlehem Town Centre is open every day except 28 December, including 8am-9pm on Christmas Day.

More information about holiday healthcare is available at wboppho.org.nz.

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