GP practices and hospitals are still open
14/04/2020 10:21:08 a.m.

Tuesday 14 April 2020

People with health care needs in the Lakes DHB area, can still access their GP for their regular health care needs or come to hospital for emergencies if necessary. 

Lakes DHB Chief Medical Officer Dr Martin Thomas says GPs and hospitals are still open, although the way people access services may be a little different to ensure the safety of staff and patients. He says people needing health care for non-COVID related matters and long term conditions that require a doctor should not delay in accessing their GP. 

“It's important to seek immediate help in an emergency - don't delay. If you are injured or experiencing severe symptoms it's critical that you still call 111 or go to hospital."

“During this lockdown, you may still become unwell or require medical treatment. Please rest assured that GP practices and hospitals are still open. Your GP may offer a personal or virtual consultation, depending on how they are currently operating.” 

“Stay in touch with your medical provider if you’re concerned about your health at this time. This ensures you are offered the appropriate treatments and medications to help keep you well, even in isolation. Be sure to contact your GP practice for regular appointments, updates on vaccinations and prescription renewals,” he says. 

Dr Thomas says health care services and providers have been working very hard to ensure health services are ready to manage any COVID-19 patients and measures are in place to ensure everyone is safe. 

Dr Thomas says it’s heartening that our community has taken the government’s “stay home, save lives” message to heart. And it’s an important message for people to stay in their bubble and stay local to stop the transmission of the virus. 

“While physical distancing is a necessity, it’s also very important for people to access health care when they need it,” he says. 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please ring the Lakes COVID-19 Assessment line 0800 267 847.
For health advice or information ring Healthline 0800 611 116 

For more information contact: Sue Wilkie Communications Officer or Shan Tapsell Assistant Communications Officer Phone (07) 349 7944 or mobile 027 242 3652

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