As COVID-19 is now widespread throughout New Zealand and we also have local cases, the following has been put in place to ensure patient safety and enable us to maintain health services throughout the pandemic.
Most people who get omicron will have minor cold and flu-like symptoms. Some people may become more unwell. Your healthcare team will care for you if you have a positive result following a COVID-19 PCR test or RAT test. If your symptoms are mild you will be able to isolate and look after yourself at home. Support is available if you need it to pick up groceries or prescriptions from the pharmacy. The Kaikoura District Council is providing this service. Contact them on 03 319 5026, press 9 if you need assistance or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have minor symptoms you will be contacted at the beginning of your isolation and again at the end. You will be provided with contact details for our team so that if at any time your symptoms become more serious you can contact us.
If you have more serious symptoms or are high risk for any reason you will be monitored by our team regularly.
All patients who test positive will receive a care package which includes information on how to look after yourself.
As of Monday 28 February, the following processes will apply at Kaikoura Health:
All consults will be via video link or telephone unless your doctor or nurse needs to see you face to face. Reception may ask you questions about what you need to be seen for so they can let the doctor or nurse know. The doctor or nurse will decide if you need to be seen face to face and will let you know. If you need to be seen, our Facility Assistant will screen you at your car, check you in and will let you know when the doctor or nurse is ready to see you.
Flu Vaccination Clinics
When we have been advised that the 2022 Flu Vaccination is available, we will arrange drive through flu clinics as quickly as possible. Non funded flu vaccinations will cost $35 per person this year.
COVID Vaccination Clinics
Covid Vaccination Clinics are Friday & Saturdays 10.30am – 3pm from 4 March 2022. Both clinics will offer walk-ins together with pre-booked appointments through Book My Vaccine.
Friday clinic walk-ins are people aged 12 years and over. Saturday clinic walk-ins are for 5-11 years and also those aged 12 years and over. Both clinics offer first and second vaccinations as well as boosters.
If you need a repeat prescription or to make an appointment, PLEASE RING reception on 033193501 to request these OR get onto the My Indici patient portal to request these, or check your results. If you are not yet registered for the portal, contact reception to assist you in registering. DO NOT walk in to the medical centre as you will not be able to come in unless you are seeing the doctor or nurse.
We will continue to test Monday to Friday and if you need to be tested please ring 03 319 3501 to book with the nurse. We are waiting for more RAT tests which will enable us to do supervised RAT tests at the facility and will update you when these are available.
Kaikoura Pharmacy is able to do RAT testing for unvaccinated people travelling in New Zealand and is also doing Ministry of Justice RAT tests for people attending court locally.
Critical worker RAT tests are available from Kaikoura healthcare for employees of critical business which have applied to MBIE for registration as a critical employer. Please follow the process outlined on their website and ensure your employee brings with them the following for collection of RAT testing kits
- Proof of critical workforce business code (e.g. email from MBIE confirming registration)
- a letter identifying they are a critical worker (from employer)
- Photo ID e.g. drivers licence/passport
- Copy of the text or email received from the Ministry of Health confirming they are a close household contact