Wednesday 17 August 2022Health news3 minutes to read
Te Whatu Ora – Te Tai o Poutini has announced Buller Health is temporarily moving its services as a precautionary measure in case of flooding.
This evening Buller’s Acute/Emergency services will relocate to the Masonic Lodge at 51 Russell St, Westport, from 8pm-11pm. These services will continue at the Masonic Lodge from 7am Thursday until further notice. Buller Medical Clinic will be operating out of the Masonic Lodge from 08.30 am Thursday.
The Buller-based Alcohol and other Drugs (AoD) service will work remotely; and other community services as are able.
For ALL Medical Emergencies dial 111.
Te Whatu Ora Te Tai o Poutini General Manager Philip Wheble says the services are moving this evening because water levels around the Buller Health buildings are already high, and river levels are expected to peak tomorrow morning. Civil Defence authorities had suggested services impacted by the February 2022 floods should seriously consider moving as a similar outcome was expected.
“We decided it was prudent to relocate now, rather than having to start moving everything around 4 in the morning. We’ve worked from the Masonic Lodge building in previous flooding events and the space there is adequate for our temporary needs,” Mr Wheble says.
He urges any residents who might be asked to evacuate, to remember to wear masks (surgical masks are best) and take hand sanitiser, especially if going to an evacuation centre. Masks will be available at evacuation centres.
Evacuation grab bags should contain any medications needed for the next few days, a first aid kit (including RAT tests), mask and hand sanitiser, and any special foods for people with special dietary needs.
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Remember, if you or anyone you know needs health advice, please call Healthline on 0800 611 116 – calls are answered 24/7. If you need to be seen, they will tell you what to do and where to go.
Page last updated: 17 August 2022
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