COVID-19 Update 21 March 2020

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the nation today at 12 Noon. We are at an alert level 2 with possible community spread of the virus. Please refer to https://covid19.govt.nz/ for further information.

Main advice was

  • We are asking everyone to limit your movement around the country. This means cutting non-essential domestic travel. This will help us track and contain any spread of COVID-19.
  • Physical distancing on public transport is critical to slowing the spread – it’s about keeping a safe distance from others.
  • On public transport, try to stay at least one metre away from other passengers, and leave the seat next to you empty if you can.
  • It is important to cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Wash and dry your hands before and after your journey.
  • Working from home and alternative ways of working will reduce the amount of people on public transport.
  • Keep as much space between you and others. This means staying at least 1 metre away from others, where possible.
  • Where possible, sit in a window seat in a row by yourself.

Over 70 Years of Age

If you are over 70 years of age,  you should consult your doctor  via a video link https://eastmed.coviu.com/app/home  or indicate to the reception on 09 585 0188 that you wish to have a phone consultation with your doctor.  It is not advisable to come to Eastmed Doctors.

Community Base Assessment Centres (CBAC)

There are five sites set up  for testing for suspected COVID-19 cases in Auckland. These operate from 8am-4pm, 7 days a week.  If you suspect you may have COVID-19 symptoms  please call the healthline on 0800 358 5453 or Eastmed doctors on 09 585 0188,  to be referred to these centres.

  • Tamaki Healthcare, Airport Oaks, 149a Kirkbride Road, Airport Oaks
  • Shorecare Northcross, 984 East Coast Road, Northcross
  • White Cross St Lukes, 52 St Lukes Rd, Sandringham
  • Takanini Urgent Care, 106 Great South Road, Takanini 
  • Henderson Specialist Centre, 131 Lincoln Road, Henderson

Flu Vaccines

Flu vaccines are availableand free for eligible people, as they are at greatest risk of serious illness from influenza from 18 March 2020.

Eligible people are

  • Pregnant women (any time during pregnancy).
  • People aged 65 years or older.
  • People aged under 65 years with diabetes, most heart or lung conditions and some other illnesses, see the table below for more details.
  • Children aged 4 years or under who have had a stay in hospital for asthma or other breathing problems.

 Please check availability and book in with your nurse. Flu for the general unfunded population will be available in four weeks. See https://www.fightflu.co.nz/ for further information.

VIDEO CONSULTATION

We are offering video consultation with your doctor for adults 18 or over. This can be useful for almost any consultation except new ACC injuries. Follow up ACC injuries and WINZ certificates can be done by video consult.  This has the added advantage of not spreading the illness.  Please refer to our website for further information.

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