Whanaungatanga at successful Te Ngae drop-in clinic
7/05/2020 3:00:11 p.m.

Thursday 7 May
The drop-in clinic at Te Ngae road shops yesterday saw about 70 swabs and 39 flu vaccinations done during the two hour clinic. There were also five people swabbed for Strep throat (which if untreated can lead to heart disease and rheumatic fever).
 
The Lakes DHB Public Health nursing team took the swabs, and Korowai Aroha nurses did the vaccinations, working together to make it a very successful day. 

Population Health Service Manager Leonie Pritchard says the public health nursing team is enjoying bringing health services to the people. 

“Our team loved the day, they said it was true community nursing and they want to provide more services in this way.” 

Chief Executive Korowai Aroha, Hariata Vercoe, says Korowai Aroha has enjoyed the whanaungatanga of working alongside the Lakes DHB Public Health nursing team.
 
“It gives a sense of kotahitanga of health service provision to our community. I would also like to include the addition of Te Arawa Whanau Ora being present to support the community connection and for the distribution of hygiene packs, recognising the reliance on each other to ensure a connected response to community need (manaakitanga).” 

The Te Ngae swabbing and vaccination clinic is the third drop-in clinic to be held in the community. On April 29 there was one on Edmund road in Rotorua, in Mangakino the drop-in clinic was on Friday 1 May and on Wednesday 6 May there was one at Te Ngae shops. 

About 190 people have now been tested for COVID-19 in the drop-in clinics and 65 people vaccinated for flu.

The aim of the drop-in clinics in the community is to increase testing of Maori with symptoms of COVID-19 to ensure equity of access to swabbing services. This is in line with Lakes DHB’s strategic goal to Achieve Equity in Maori Health. 

The free drop-in swabbing and flu vaccination clinics, test people with symptoms for COVID-19 and give flu vaccinations to priority groups. 

There is another drop-in clinic this Friday 8 May at Ngongotaha in the car park behind the Police station 10am-12pm. 

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 is encouraged to drop in from 10am to 12pm. You can drive through with your car, but if you bike or walk you will also be tested. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19. Symptoms include:
• a cough
• a fever (at least 38°C)
• shortness of breath
• sore throat
• a head cold, e.g. sneezing, runny nose
• temporary loss of smell.
Sore throats are important too, so if you are aged 3 to 35 years old, and have a sore throat, drop in to get your throat swabbed to check for strep A which can lead to rheumatic fever. 

Korowai Aroha nurses will be at the drop in centre offering flu vaccinations for priority groups. These include: people aged 65 years and older, hapu mama, people with chronic medical conditions, children aged four years or under with a history of significant respiratory illness, children under five who were hospitalised with measles.

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