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We provide COVID-19 Testing & Assessment Services across Mataatua.

Until a vaccine becomes available we will continue to test across Mataatua to ensure COVID-19 remains contained.

Testing is available in Whakatāne and Kawerau, and in locations around Mataatua through our mobile testing clinic.

Testing can now also be arranged through your local GP. Criteria applies.

The Process

Regular drive through testing sites will change according to demand with the alert levels. You can also get tested through your Doctor.
The below sites are currently only for testing. If you need medical treatment please call your GP.
Surveillance (testing of people without symptoms) can be arranged for some organisations and groups. Contact us for more information at covid-19@tpoom.co.nz or 0800 MATAATUA

COVID-19 Drive Thru Assessment Sites

Locations and dates will be reviewed regularly and updated here. You can also be tested through your GP.

Whakatane

The Whakatāne War Memorial Hall site is now closed will close next week to resume regular community use of the hall.

We will run COVID-19 testing in our portacom outside Med Central at the back of King Street. Bookings can be made via email to kathleen.taipeti@tpoom.co.nz or call 0800 MATAATUA.
You don't need to be registered with Med Central to arrange a test.
When a new location for drive throughs is established we will update it here.

Kawerau

Our next day in Kawerau is:
‍Sunday 27 Sept 10am - 2pm

Ron Hardie Recreation Center
111 Onslow Street, Whakatane

Testing

Testing is encouraged for all people with cold or flu-like symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat or runny nose. However surveillance (non symptomatic) testing is also available.
If you would like to organise surveillance testing for your workplace or organisation, contact us at covid-19@tpoom.co.nz to find out more.

Criteria will often change as the COVID-19 status changes in New Zealand. If you are unsure about whether you need testing, contact your GP.

Mobile Popups

While we will be doing assessments for COVID-19, we can combine this with a number of other essential services on advance request too.

These could include:
- Flu jabs
- Blood pressure checks
- Rheumatic fever swabs
- Smoking advice
- Asthma, heart and diabetes checks
- Smears

Talk to us about the needs of your community or organisation. Call 0800 MATAATUA and ask for Lee or email covid-19@tpoom.co.nz

Whānau Ora

Our testing sites have a kaupapa Māori approach and come with wrap around whānau ora services.

We provide resources, information and support on site, ranging from information about hygiene and isolation through to hardship, kai, and emotional support.

Partnerships

The assessment centres drive-throughs have been set up by Te Puna Ora o Mataatua (TPOOM) and Eastern Bay PHA (EBPHA) with support from Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB), in collaboration with local iwi in each area.

We deliver a kaupapa Māori and equity model in conjunction with Pahi Tahi in the Western Bay of Plenty operated by The Centre for Health.

Where We Have Been

We are grateful for the support of hapū and Iwi around Mataatua and the manaaki they have provided our team when we have visited their pieces of paradise.

To date, our mobile pop-ups have visited:

- Te Waimana
- Rūātoki
- Murupara
- Waikaremoana
- Ruatāhuna
- Tāneatua
- Te Teko
- Matatā
- Edgecumbe
- Whakatāne
- Rotomā
- Poroporo
- Whakatane Holiday Park
- Cutler Crescent

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