Friday 27 March 2020Facilities News3 minutes to read
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
All West Coast general practices have restricted access to clinics in response to the current COVID-19 situation. People are still able to access health care but the majority of appointments are now being done virtually by phone, email, text or video.
Face-to-face appointments are no longer being accepted unless the patient has first had a remote consultation. These changes have been put in place to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by our patients and front-line health staff in busy wait rooms.
For anyone needing repeat prescriptions, these will continue to be provided by our general practice teams. We do ask that people don’t make appointments for repeat prescriptions unless they are due for renewal as there is no need to stockpile medications.
Influenza vaccination clinics are now available for front-line healthcare workers and eligible Coasters who are at greatest risk of serious illness from influenza. We are currently experiencing some delays in supply deliveries due to the high demand across New Zealand, so please phone ahead to book your appointment or to find out when our dedicated clinics are being held.
Flu vaccinations are fully-funded (free), for people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, people with certain chronic conditions and young children with a history of severe respiratory illness. Our flu vaccination programme will be available to the wider community on or shortly after Monday, 13 April 2020.
Influenza vaccine does not protect against COVID-19, however it will help prevent a serious illness which causes hundreds of deaths each winter in New Zealand.
Remember, we all play an important role in keeping ourselves, our family/whānau and friends safe. Some simple things that we can all do include:
For anyone who is feeling stressed and anxious or who needs some advice, then there are places you can CALL for more support, listed below:
You may also like to check out the online therapy tool ‘Just a Thought’ available at www.justathought.co.nz
If you need medical advice, call your general practice team 24/7 FIRST rather than visiting in person. After hours, follow the instructions to be put through to a nurse for free health advice. Remember, in an emergency, always call 111.
West Coast Primary Health Organisation
P: 027 288 0162
Senior Communications Advisor
West Coast District Health Board
P: 027 836 1528
Page last updated: 27 March 2020
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