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Temporary changes to health care appointments at Lake Brunner Clinic

Friday 27 May 2022Health news2 minutes to read

From today, patients registered with West Coast DHB’s Lake Brunner Clinic are set to see some short-term changes to the way appointments are provided.

These changes are driven by a temporary Rural Nurse Specialist shortage across the Coast which have unfortunately coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic and the extensive period of border closures says Holly Mason, West Coast DHB’s Director of Nursing.

People can still access health care in Moana, but we have had to adjust how we provide our services over the next few weeks.

Normal services (including on-call for emergencies and PRIME callouts) will be available every second week starting from 1pm on Friday, 27 May. Nurse drop-in clinics will be held on a fortnightly basis between 9am – 1pm except on public holidays from Monday, 20 June.

For the week starting Friday, 27 May (and every subsequent fortnight) the following hours will apply:

  • Doctor clinics: GP phone consultations are available by appointment every second Tuesday – effective from Tuesday, 31 May.
  • For appointments, enquiries, prescriptions or results please phone our colleagues at Te Nīkau Health Centre on 03 769 7400. Please don’t leave urgent phone messages on the Lake Brunner Clinic answer phone.
  • Urgent care: Please present to the unplanned clinic at Te Nīkau Hospital & Health Centre for any urgent medical care.
  • If it’s an emergency, please dial 111.
  • District Nursing: District Nursing services will be supported by the Greymouth District Nursing team – 03 769 7721.

“Over the coming weeks, there may be occasions that a PRIME nurse cannot be in attendance during emergency call-outs. The wider Moana community can be reassured that we are working with our partnership agencies St Johns and FENZ to ensure that if this was to occur it would not impact on any medical emergencies.

We thank the wider-Moana community for their on-going patience and apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this situation may cause,” says Ms Mason.

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