Thursday 10 February 2022Health news3 minutes to read
Please attribute to Philip Wheble, Incident Controller – West Coast DHB
West Coast DHB staff are preparing to evacuate Buller Health due to the impacts of the current weather event in the region. We will provide further updates as details are confirmed.
Until then, Buller Medical remains open for urgent care. If you live north of Westport, we have staff in Karamea and Ngakawau. And if you are in Reefton, Reefton Health is open.
Please note, that all outpatient clinics, day surgery appointments and planned care appointments have been cancelled.
If you are registered with Coast Medical, they are still open.
Please contact the Coast Medical 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.
COVID-19 vaccination clinics
The Westport COVID-19 vaccination clinic is closed today and tomorrow (11/02/2022) while our teams respond to the current weather event. We will provide an update regarding our Saturday clinic once details have been confirmed.
Accessing health care
Remember, if you need 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.
Check and restock your emergency kit and follow the advice of your local Civil Defence group.
To check what you may need, visit https://getready.govt.nz/prepared/household/supplies/
Here is a link with flood-specific advice: https://getready.govt.nz/emergency/floods/
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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: 10 February 2022
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