First drop-in community testing clinic a great success
30/04/2020 2:11:35 p.m.

Thursday 30 April 2020

Almost 50 people were tested for COVID-19 by the Public Health Nursing team at the Edmund road drop-in swab clinic on Wednesday. The nurses also provided four tests for strep throat (which can lead to rheumatic fever and heart problems). 

Alongside the public health nursing team, Korowai Aroha nurses gave 24 flu vaccinations to priority groups, helping to protect people from the flu this season.

Lakes DHB Pouwhakarite Maori Health Lauren James says the collaboration between the Lakes DHB COVID-19 swabbing team and Korowai Aroha was hugely successful.

The next free drop-in clinics for swabbing and flu vaccination will be at Te Ngae shops (Wednesday 6 May) and Ngongotaha (Friday 8 May). This Friday 1 May, there is also a drop-in clinic for COVID-19 testing only in the rural community of Mangakino (supported by Mangakino Whanau Ora). See below for details. 

Lauren James says just as Hinemoa, the famous Te Arawa princess, swam to Tutanekai on Mokoia Island, so too did the drop-in clinic go to the people. And it was a major success.

She says it was a busy day with lots of people arriving early. There was a steady stream of people keeping the drop-in clinic busy but not overwhelmed.

Lauren James says 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.

Lakes DHB Bowel Screening Coordinator and waka ama champ Yvonne Rogers was at the drop-in clinic welcoming people and guiding them through the process. Lauren James says she believes having a known and welcoming face fronting the clinics is an important part of its success.

Lauren says Maori have a disproportionate burden of chronic disease which means Maori are more at risk of getting COVID-19, so it’s essential to ensure a high rate of Maori testing for the virus.

Friday 1 May 10am - 12pm 
Mangakino 6 Commerce Street, Mangakino(Outside Mangakino Family Services)
COVID-19 testing only

Wednesday 6 May 10am - 12pm     
Te Ngae shops car park   
COVID-19 swabbing and Flu vaccination for priority groups 
Sore throat for 3-35 year olds

Friday 8 May 10am - 12pm
Ngongotaha car park behind the Police station
COVID-19 swabbing, Flu vaccinations for priority groups
Sore throat for 3-35 year olds

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