Tuesday 2 June 2020Health news2 minutes to read
West Coast DHB recently signalled it would be reviewing the operation of its COVID-19 testing facilities in line with ongoing demand.
As a result of this, the following changes have been made to Community Based Assessment Centres (CBAC) on the Coast:
·The Reefton and Hokitika CBACs have now closed.
·The Greymouth CBAC will remain open for now, with testing volumes to be reviewed throughout the week with a view to close the CBAC on Friday 5 June.
·The Buller Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC) is expected to close in the near future when a new pathway for assessing people with COVID-19/Respiratory symptoms is finalised.
David Smith, Manager of Integrated Services – Southern, says that with the closure of CBACs, to ensure equitable access to testing it is anticipated that most symptomatic testing will now be undertaken within general practice.
“The West Coast Primary Health Organisation will be liaising with general practices to ensure that capacity for COVID-19 is available in the community.
“We will continue to review the required operation of our CBACs and provide updates to the community if things change in the future,” says David.
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.
Remember, we all play an important role in keeping ourselves, our family/whanau and friends safe. You can help reduce the spread of any infections by practicing safe physical distancing, good hand hygiene and appropriate coughing or sneezing etiquette.
Page last updated: 2 June 2020
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