Friday 22 May 2020Media release2 minutes to read
West Coast DHB’s Manager Integrated Health Services – Northern, Deborah Wright today said that although there are still a number of restrictions in place under COVID-19 alert level two, Buller residents can continue to access their health care teams.
“We are focused on offering health care in settings that protect both our community and staff during what continues to be a challenging and changeable environment. Although, we have lifted a number of our restrictions including how people access Buller Health, we do ask that anyone needing to come in for a face-to-face appointment call us first to arrange a suitable time.”
A number of our services will continue to offer virtual consultations by phone, email, text or video instead of face-to-face appointments as these have proven to be really useful in helping us provide health care to our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We will continue to record the details of every visitor upon arrival. This is to allow rapid contact tracing if anyone they have been in contact with is later confirmed as having COVID-19. I would like to thank people in advance for their cooperation and playing their part to keep our patients and staff safe.
It’s vital that we remain focused on reducing the opportunity for any infections to spread so when you do come to see us please practice safe physical distancing, good hand hygiene and appropriate coughing or sneezing etiquette,” Ms Wright says.
Please call your general practice team or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 – high temperature (at least 38°C), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, sneezing and runny nose, temporary loss of smell. These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have COVID-19. The symptoms are like other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. Shortness of breath is a sign of possible pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. Remember, if it is an emergency – phone 111.
Page last updated: 22 May 2020
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