Sunday 13 February 2022Health news5 minutes to read
Please attribute to Philip Wheble, Incident Controller – West Coast DHB
The Buller Health services which had been moved because of flooding concerns to the Masonic Lodge, 51 Russell Street, Westport will be fully operational in the usual Cobden St Buller Health buildings by 8am on Tuesday 15 February.
People with urgent or acute health issues, or needing maternity support, are still able to go to the Masonic Lodge 24/7 until 1pm on Monday. From early afternoon tomorrow, people should go to Buller Health in Cobden St for urgent or acute health services and maternity. St John will be supporting the transition and available at the Masonic Lodge until the relocation has been completed.
A Buller Medical clinic will be open at the Masonic Lodge today from 10am – 2pm, and will resume early Monday afternoon from the Cobden St premises.
The DHB appreciates everyone’s patience while services are transitioned back.
If it’s an emergency, call 111 as per usual.
If you require health care, please contact your general practice team by calling the usual practice number – Find a GP, medical practice, clinic or health centre | West Coast DHB (wcdhb.health.nz)
If you are registered with Coast Medical, please contact the team on 03 789 5000 to arrange an appointment, and after-hours call the usual practice number for free health advice. After hours you’ll be put through to a nurse who can tell you what to do and where to go if you need to be seen.
General health advice
Public health advice
A reminder from our public health team – please treat all flood water as contaminated.
Sewage may be mixed with flood waters and can cause serious illness.
That means you need to wash your hands thoroughly or use hand gel after coming into contact with flood water.
Wherever you are, please remember the usual public health precautions such as good cough and sneeze etiquette, hand hygiene and physical distancing (wherever possible stay one metre away from people you don’t know).
It’s also important to continue wearing a mask especially indoors and scan in everywhere you go. Keeping a good record of where you have been makes the job of contact tracers so much easier.
If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, please arrange to get tested immediately and if safe to do so remain isolated at home or in the accommodation you are staying in. This advice extends to anyone even if they haven’t visited any of the locations of interest. If you’re not sure what you should do, please call the COVID-19 line on 0800 358 5453 for advice.
COVID-19 vaccination clinics
The Westport COVID-19 vaccination clinic will remain closed while our team respond to the current state of emergency. We will provide an update on when it will reopen once details have been confirmed.
You can book online for clinics at www.BookMyVaccine.nz or call 0800 28 29 26 (8am – 8pm, 7 days per week).
Clinic details are available on our vaccination website – Home – Vaccinate Canterbury and West Coast (vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz)
Meals on wheels
Meals on Wheels continues to be provided by our Buller-based WellFood team along with our valued Red Cross volunteers who deliver the meals to recipients in the community.
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If you need to travel for any reason, please ensure that you check the road conditions prior to departing.
Page last updated: 13 February 2022
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