Thursday 24 March 2016Media release3 minutes to read
All DHB clinics are running as normal in South Westland today. If any patients are unable to make it to their appointments, it would be useful to ring their local clinic and let them know, and alternative appointments can be arranged.
If you feel ill, seek assistance or advice. Contact your GP in the first instance.
If it’s an emergency dial 111.
The Red Cross has set up a welfare centre in the Franz Josef Town Hall for those who have been displaced due to flooding.
Boil or treat all water from taps before drinking, brushing teeth or using in food preparation.
Bringing water to the boil is sufficient to kill bugs. Water needs to be boiled even if the smell or taste of chlorine is present. If you cannot boil water, treat it by adding 1 teaspoon of household bleach per 10 litres of water and leave for 30 minutes.
The Council and Public Health are working together to test water supplies in the region and will update this advice as soon as we have a clear idea of how the water supply has been impacted by the flooding.
Employers should also make sure their staff are only consuming boiled or bottled water at work. This applies even for workplaces with self-supplied water, until testing can be completed and the supply can be cleared of risk.
Don’t forget about your usual medications – talk with your general practice team about ensuring you have enough.
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