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Temporary changes to Lake Brunner Clinic hours starting from today

Friday 18 March 2022Health news2 minutes to read

From today, West Coast DHB is making some temporary changes to Lake Brunner Clinic’s opening hours.

“These changes in opening hours are due to a Rural Nurse Specialist shortage in Moana which has coincided with the national COVID-19 health response, says Philip Wheble, West Coast DHB’s General Manager.

“This is not a permanent reduction in service provision, it just means that we need to adjust how we provide our services over the coming weeks. Health care will continue to be available to the wider Moana community.”

Normal services (including on-call for emergencies and PRIME callouts) will be available every second week starting from 1pm on Friday, 25 March. The Monday nurse drop-in clinics will be held on a fortnightly basis between 9am – 1pm except on public holidays from Monday 28 March,

For the week starting Friday, 18 March (and every subsequent fortnight) the following hours will apply:

  • Doctor clinics: Tuesdays (start times vary from 9am to 1.30pm, depending on which doctor is on duty and what their other commitments are). GP consultations are by appointment only.
  • Nurse drop-in clinics: Tuesdays only in conjunction with the GP clinics.
  • 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.
  • For appointments, enquiries, prescriptions or results please phone 03 738 0003 and leave a message or ring our colleagues at Te Nīkau Health Centre on 03 769 7400. If you do leave a message please ensure you state your name, DOB and contact number.

“Over the next 6-12 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 apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this situation may cause and would like to thank the community for their patience and support during this time,” says Mr Wheble.

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