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Hauora response boosted by Te Puia Springs CBAC

East Coast communities have their own Community-based Assessment Centre (CBAC) providing immediate support for patients with respiratory conditions.

The Ngati Porou Hauora CBAC is based at Te Puia Springs Hospital and is operating 24 hours a day.

It follows the establishment of a CBAC servicing Gisborne at the War Memorial Theatre.

The Te Puia Springs and Gisborne CBACs were set up to provide a place for patients having breathing difficulties or showing signs of respiratory illnesses, such as pneumonia, to be assessed by a doctor.

Under the Alert Level 4 Covid-19 lockdown, the majority of patient consultations are taking place over the phone to abide with social distancing measures.

However, for patients with respiratory issues, there is a greater need for kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) assessments to be conducted to help identify what further treatment is required.

Ngati Porou Hauora chief executive Rose Kahaki says the assessment process follows the same protocols as other CBACs in New Zealand.

“Call your local hauora (health) clinic in the first instance and the GP will determine whether you need to be seen by the CBAC.

“If it's after hours, however, contact Te Puia Springs Hospital and one of our clinical staff can make the referral.”

Dr Willem Jordaan, a GP and clinical leader for the NPH Puhi Kaiti clinic in Gisborne, has been redeployed to run the Te Puia Springs CBAC.

Dr Jordaan joined an East Coast team already providing GP services to the five Hauora clinics on the Coast and in Kaiti.

An offer of assistance from Dr Nathan Joseph, the former chairman of Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (the Maori Medical Practitioners Association) was also accepted.

Dr Joseph is taking leave from his West Auckland GP practice to help NPH.

The CBAC is the latest addition to the services NPH is providing as part of its Te Mate Karauna (coronavirus) response preparations.

A Covid-19 test drive-through opened two weeks ago at Te Puia Springs Hospital.

Appointments are made for people who have been referred by Healthline or a Ngati Porou Hauora GP.

To have the swab test, people do not need to get out of their car as a nurse will conduct the swabbing through the car window.

If you think you have Covid-19 symptoms, call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

If you can't get through, call your local NPH health clinic or Te Puia Springs Hospital (06) 864 6803.

The Covid-19 test drive-through at Te Puia Springs is open from 9am to 4pm every day but it is not for walk-ins. Those without an appointment will be turned away.

If you or your whanau are unable to get to a swabbing centre, your GP will make alternative arrangements for testing.

If you require assistance with transport for Covid-19 testing, contact Ngati Porou Hauora.