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COVID-19 testing capacity set to increase today

Wednesday 23 February 2022Health news2 minutes to read

To be attributed to Tracey Maisey, ECC Incident Controller, Canterbury & West Coast DHBs.

In preparation for an expected increase in testing demand, we will be opening our Greymouth community-based testing station today.

The drive-through testing station located in the north-western corner of the Te Nīkau Hospital & Health Centre campus will be open between 10am to 1pm.

No appointment is necessary but if you do need to get tested, please be aware that depending on demand you may have to queue. Access to the testing station is via Waterwalk Road.

Testing is free and is available to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms, or who has been advised by Public Health to get tested.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 are like those found with illnesses such as a cold or influenza. With Omicron the most common early symptoms are a sore or scratchy throat and a runny nose.

If you live outside of the Grey District, testing is available via your general practice. Remember, before you come in for a test, please call ahead to your general practice team or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 to arrange a suitable time.

Contact details of West Coast GP practices are available online – https://www.wcdhb.health.nz/your-health/find-and-enrol-at-a-health-center/

Public health measures remain extremely important with Omicron. Vaccination is the best protection against COVID-19 and people eligible for their booster vaccination should get this done for an added layer of protection. As Omicron is spread via aerosols, wearing a surgical mask is more effective than a cloth mask. Physical distancing, good ventilation indoors, handwashing, staying home if sick along with testing all help to create layers of protection for all of us.

You can book online to get vaccinated 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)

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