From 8:00am Tuesday morning, 23 February, visiting returns to normal at our hospitals. You'll find visiting information on our website here - https://bit.ly/34wr0hO
Please continue to keep yourself and our patients safe by following these three simple rules:
• please observe good hand hygiene (we have hand sanitisers at all of our main entrances) and cough/sneeze etiquette at all times
• do not visit patients if you are unwell (please stay away if you have a cold or the flu!)
• sign in using the contact tracing option that best suits you – for some, this may mean using the NZ COVID Tracer app on your smartphone to scan the QR codes at our front entrances; for others, it may be a matter of registering on arrival.
Our DHB thanks everyone for respecting our recent visiting restrictions. Your understanding and patience have helped us all in our fight against COVID-19.
It is completely FREE if you say you’re just needing a test. If your family doctor is busy, they will recommend another family doctor that can test you.
You can also visit a designated GP clinic to get tested. You don’t need to be enrolled to get tested at these clinics.
Another option is to visit an Urgent Care Clinic -some of these are opened 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Your final option is to visit a Community Testing Centre (CTCs).
If you are unsure about whether you need a test, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your GP. Please be aware that COVID-19 testing is not available at our hospitals.
Remember: be calm, be kind and be patient.
Our health authorities are working quickly to trace everyone who has been in close and casual contact with the positive cases. If this is you, they will contact you and advise you on next steps.
If you are in Auckland and have any cold or flu-like symptoms, you should get a COVID-19 test. You can get a free test at:
If you are unsure if you should get a test, call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
There are a number of simple but effective ways you can keep your family safe. These include:
There are two types of masks available – non-medical masks and medical masks.
Most people can use non-medical-grade masks. These masks prevent the wearer from spreading diseases to others and could help protect the wearer from becoming infected.
Non-medical-grade masks can be either single-use or reusable.
You can buy non-medical-grade masks online or in shops like pharmacies, supermarkets and hardware stores.
You can make your own masks. Find out how at cdc.gov.
At Alert Level 2 and higher, people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should use medical-grade masks to help prevent infection.
When you wear a face mask, it's important you use it safely.
Never share face masks with other people. Face masks should not be worn by:
For more information on how to put on a face mask safely, what to remember while wearing a mask and how to take it off safely, please visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.
Yes. Staying healthy is important so you should continue to seek healthcare during Alert Level 3. During Alert Level 3, healthcare services, such as Healthline, GPs, cancer services, disability and aged support services remain open.
Some planned care, including elective surgery and radiology, will be provided. Some non-urgent services or treatment may be deferred.
If you have received a medical appointment you should attend.
If you are concerned about any aspect of your health, call your GP.
As always, if you require urgent medical advice, call 111.
It’s normal to feel anxious and stressed during times of uncertainty. The COVID-19 website has plenty of advice on looking after your mental wellbeing.
If you need support with anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can talk to counsellors in languages other than English.
You can also contact the Asian Family Services. They are a nationwide mental health and addiction service that provides free and confidential support in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai and Hindi. Phone 0800 862 342 from 9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. For further information, visit the Asian Family Services website.
Health authorities are using genome testing as part of their work in finding the source of the infection. By using genome testing, scientists can compare different strains of COVID-19 and find out.