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We can organise free surveillance testing (testing people without symptoms)

By keeping up-to-date testing records of people without symptoms, we can reduce the chance of lockdown in the EBOP if more COVID-19 cases occur. There's no stand down period for surveillance testing, so your staff can continue working with peace of mind. Contact us by phone or email to find out more.

COVID-19 Testing & Assessment Services available across Mataatua

If you aren't registered with a GP, or if you're from out of the area we have clinics to assess and test people for COVID-19 - with or without symptoms. Read below for available times and dates.

Free Testing & Assessment - Criteria Applies

Testing is usually organised through our phone line - simply call 0800 MATAATUA or email to ask for a booking. Right now we are focussed on providing testing and assessment for people who can't see a local GP, so criteria applies.

Until 14th Feb, our assessment and testing is only for those from out of the area or not registered with a local GP. Assessment is only for those with respiratory systems, however testing for surveillance (no symptoms) is also available. If you have a local GP please contact them to discuss your needs. You can also call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

Drive Through Testing Locations Jan/Feb:

Whakatane: Until 14 Feb
Tuesdays & Thursdays 4.30pm-7pm
Saturdays 8.30am-12.30pm
52B King Street (Portacom outside Med Central, behind Adamson’s pharmacy, entry via James Street)

Kawerau:
Wednesdays (Until 14 Feb)
111 Onslow Street (Rec Centre Carpark)

Note:
Opotiki clinics have advised us they have capacity to treat casual patients. If you need to see a dr in Opotiki, contact one of the local practices and discuss your needs (you should not be charged for a covid test).

Who Should get Tested?

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.

Getting surveillance (non symptomatic) testing is also encouraged. Access to this type of testing can change depending on our alert level.

Surveillance Testing

We are offering free surveillance testing. Surveillance is just the word used to test people who aren't likely to have COVID-19; that's people who don't have symptoms, and don't have close contacts with a confirmed or suspected case. Strong surveillance testing numbers gives our community peace of mind that there's no COVID-19, and also means that if it does enter our community we pick it up quickly enough to stamp it out.

If you would like to organise this testing for your business, community organisation or other group, get in touch by phone or email.

Health workers prepare Covid-19 Surveillance Testing samples

Other mobile services

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

We want to support your community or organisation. If this is something your community organisation needs, phone or email us to request this service.

Whānau Ora

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

We can provide resources, information and support on site, ranging from information about hygiene and isolation through to hardship, kai, and emotional support. This is a tough time for our community so it's important to consider and meet all needs of whānau when possible.

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 visits have included:

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

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