• Patrick McBride

Coast DHB’s COVID-19 update

Community-based assessment centres reduce hours of operation.

West Coast DHB’s COVID-19 community-based assessment centres (CBACs) have reduced their hours and are now open on weekdays only,” says David Smith, Manager of Integrated Services – Southern.

“Anyone who develops symptoms over the weekend can safely wait until Monday to attend their closest CBAC but it is advisable that they self-isolate during this time. The average turn around for COVID-19 test results is within 48 hours with results provided by general practice teams.

Over the next few weeks, we will regularly review the hours of operation and depending on the level of demand will make any further changes as required, but for the time being the CBACs will operate for as long as required,” Mr Smith says.

The open hours for our four CBACs located in Greymouth, Westport, Reefton and Hokitika are Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm with all centres closed between 12pm and 12.30pm. On arrival at all of our CBACs, we ask people to remain in their vehicle where they will be assessed by our staff.

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.

Remember, we all play an important role in keeping ourselves, our family/whānau and friends safe. You can help reduce the spread of any infections by practicing safe physical distancing, good hand hygiene and appropriate coughing or sneezing etiquette.