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Keeping individuals, families and our communities safe and healthy in the current global environment requires US ALL to be well, stay well, and protect our vulnerable communities. We need to keep our staff well in order to keep our community well, and we need your help.
If you need medical care, we're always here!
Phoning your GP first to discuss your needs is a good idea. They are likely to ask you if you are sick with flu-like symptoms and, if you are, they might suggest a different way of being seen at the medical practice.
If you need urgent care, come to ED or phone 111. If you have a cough, fever or difficulty breathing you will be asked to put on a mask and you may be seen in a separate area when you get to the hospital.
What does Alert Level 1 mean for our hospital?
If you have an appointment scheduled - please attend as usual.
If you are sick with flu like symptoms, please stay home and phone ahead for advice.
No visiting restrictions are currently in place. You are welcome during visiting hours.
IF YOU HAVE FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS:Please call your medical practice and request a Covid-19 test.
Keep a record of where you have been, use NZ COVID app.
The latest information can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz or the Unite Against Covid social media channels
Do not visit anyone in hospital if you are sick.
We may be restricting visitor numbers to comply with distancing requirements - please check before you come and if you are unwell you need to stay home. We really don't want our staff and patients to catch bugs.
If you are unwell with flu like symptoms, you should speak to your medical practice (or call the one closest to you if you are not enrolled). Tests are available at:
|Masterton Assessment Centre NOW CLOSED||Netball Courts, 10 Colombo Road, Masterton|
|Please contact the practice:||** children under 12 to be seen at these practices|
|Greytown Medical Centre ||186 East Street, Greytown|
|Featherston Medical Centre||3 Clifford Square, Featherston|
Martinborough Health Service
|Town Hall car park, 8 Texas Street, Martinborough|
|Carterton Medical Centre||159 -163 South High Street, Carterton|
|Masterton Medical**||4 Colombo Road, Masterton|
|Whaiora (Masterton)**||Queen Street, Masterton|
|Wairarapa Mobile||ONLY BY REFERRAL FROM YOUR PRACTICE|
Surgery and specialist appointments
Wairarapa DHB is operating at normal capacity, providing both elective and acute surgery.
- Virtual clinics remain the preferred way of connecting patients with the specialist where possible.
- In the interests of contact tracing, you may be asked to sign in and out of the hospital and provide name, address and contact details. Please accommodate this if it is required of you.
- Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we encourage you to keep a running record of where you have been and who you have been with, in case it is required for tracing.
Face masks can be either fabric reusable (washable), or a single use disposable face mask. These can be purchased online, from supermarkets or pharmacies or you can make your own fabric reusable (washable) face masks. WHO advice on when and how to use masks including how to make your own can be found on the WHO website
Face coverings such as a bandana or a scarf can also be used if you do not have a mask.
People need to assess their individual requirements for masks. The Ministry recommends approximately four fabric reusable (washable) face masks per family member.
For existing MSD clients or NZ residents needing financial support please ring Work and Income on 0800 559 009.
Open7am-6pm (Mon-Fri), 8am-1pm (Sat), Sun closed.
The Government Helpline is available to help people who aren’t sure who to talk to: please call 0800 779 997. Open8am-5pm, 7 days a week.
Foreign nationals who do not qualify for other support can still access support through CDEM Groups – contact them through the Government Helpline.
For people who need support to find short term temporary accommodation due to COVID-19 please call MBIE’s Temporary Accommodation Service on 0508 754 163 to register.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are cough, fever and shortness of breath.
Most cases of coronavirus will require no treatment other than rest, drinking plenty of fluids and staying away from other people to minimise risk of infecting them too. For most people, coronavirus would feel like a cold or a mild flu.
For the elderly, the immuno-compromised, and those with preexisting medical conditions, coronavirus may be more severe. It is important we do all we can to protect those most at risk.
Some patients with more severe infections may need hospitalisation.
What can YOU do?
If you are sick with flu like symptoms, including cough, fever and difficulty breathing, CALL your medical practice or phone Healthline on 0800 611 116 to ask for advice BEFORE you go into the practice or ED where you could spread your virus to other people.
SHARING IS NOT CARING
Do not go to work or school, or into any public space if you have a cough, fever or difficulty breathing. Call your GP or Healthline 0800 611 116 immediately and ask for a test for COVID-19. All of us have a role to play in stopping further spread. Do not kiss, hug, hongi or shake hands with anyone while you are sick. Do not share a bed, food, cutlery or cups.
WASH YOUR HANDS WELL
Everyone can help by practicing good hygiene:
- washing hands regularly with soap for 20 seconds and drying them well, or using hand sanitiser
- using tissues to blow your nose and cough or sneeze into, and throw them into a rubbish bin immediately
- sneezing into your arm not into your hands, and not touching your face
Where to get information
The Ministry of Health website is your best source of information because it is updated daily. There is a Facebook page: @minhealthnz and Twitter channel @minhealthnz to alert people to key updates and messages specifically about coronavirus.
https://covid19.govt.nz/ This site provides an All of Government update which is updated on a regular basis and covers a wide range of issues from Public Health, Border Control, Economic Matters, Education, Workplace, Welfare, Travel and Infrastructure matters, etc. It is perhaps the best site to keep abreast of developments in the Covid-19 space which has very fast-moving developments