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Westport and Greymouth CBACs to close next week

Friday 5 June 2020Health news2 minutes to read

Westport and Greymouth Community Based Assessment Centres (CBACs) will be closed from Monday, 8 June 2020.

David Smith, Manager of Integrated Services – Southern, says that the decision to close both Westport and Greymouth CBACs was based on a reduction in the COVID-19 testing volumes coming through the centres.

“People can still get tested for COVID-19 but from Monday testing of people with symptoms will only be available at general practices across the Coast.

“We will continue to review the number of people presenting to our general practices for testing and if necessary we can re-establish our fixed CBACs to accommodate any significant increase in demand,” says David.

Remember, it’s important that we remain focused on keeping ourselves, our family/whanau and friends safe. We can all continue to help reduce the spread of any infections by practicing good hand hygiene, appropriate coughing or sneezing etiquette and safe physical distancing.

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.

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