Latest advice form Ministry of Health re COVID-19:
ALL PATIENTS PRESENTING WITH SYMPTOMS MUST BE TESTED!
• If you live outside of Auckland and you have symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline to find out if you need to get a test for COVID-19. If you’re offered a test, take it.
• The assessment and test for COVID-19 is free. We will support anyone who has COVID-19 and their family, and look after their health and wellbeing.
• If you do not have symptoms, you do not need a test, UNLESS you’ve been advised by health officials, for example if you’re a close contact a confirmed case, or if you work at the
• The tests are free and should be easy to access for everyone.
• It’s also important to remember the basic public health measures which keep communities
protected: staying home if you’re sick, frequent hand-washing, and good sneeze and cough etiquette.
There is no need to stock-pile on medicines. Community pharmacies stay open to the public through all COVID-19 levels and will be available in your communities to support you with your
medicine supply and information needs.
If you don’t need your prescription straight away, arrange for the prescription to be sent through to the pharmacy of your choice and then make contact with that pharmacy to arrange a convenient time to pick up your medicine or have it delivered. This will ensure the pharmacy team can be available to spend time with you and minimises numbers in pharmacies at any one time to support physical distancing.
As you would in your local supermarket, please be kind to those people in your local pharmacy - they are there to support you.
We encourage you to keep checking the Ministry of Health and COVID-19 websites for new
Information can be sourced from https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-andconditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus and https://covid19.govt.nz/
Keep safe everyone - Juliet and Dr Tim
Protecting yourself and others from COVID-19
There are simple ways to protect yourself and others, and prevent future spread of COVID-19.
The information on this page applies to everyone, including vulnerable people and those at higher risk of getting COVID-19 .
On this page:
- Golden rules for everyone at Alert Level 1
- Stay home if you're unwell
- Use basic hygiene
- Keep a record of where you have been
Golden rules for everyone at Alert Level 1
While the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is now low, there are some Golden Rules we should all follow to help prevent future spread.
- If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
- If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
- Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
- If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
- If you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
- Keep track of where you’ve been, when and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
- Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
- Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up alert levels if we have to.
- People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.
There are no physical distancing requirements at Alert Level 1. You can still play it safe by continuing to keep a distance from people you don’t know. Use your judgement. The more space there is between you and others, the harder it is for COVID-19 to spread.
Stay home if you’re unwell
Play it safe. Stay home if you’re feeling unwell. Don’t go to work, and keep unwell children home from school or early childhood education.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get tested.
See information about the common COVID-19 symptoms and who to contact to talk about whether you need a test.
Use basic hygiene
Basic hygiene measures include: good hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, avoid touching your face, and clean surfaces.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds) and dry thoroughly. Use an alcohol-based sanitiser and rub hands together if soap and water is unavailable.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with tissues. Put them in a bin immediately.
- Avoid touching your face, including your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. Surfaces may have infectious droplets.
- Clean surfaces regularly. This includes items frequently touch like door handles and phones.
Keep a record of where you have been
If cases of COVID-19 are confirmed, we need to stop the spread. Keeping a record of your movements will help the Ministry of Health to do contact tracing quickly and efficiently.
It is recommended you keep a record of where you have been, when you were there and who you were with.
The Ministry of Health has created a tracing app — NZ COVID Tracer which you can download for free in the Apple App Store or Google Play. We encourage people to use the app and businesses to display QR codes, as it is an easy way for people to track their movements.
You can also keep track of your movements in a number of others ways including; keeping a list in a safe place, keeping a diary, noting in your phone calendar, using another app to record your movements, or taking time-stamped photos of where you have been.
Find our more about the NZ COVID Tracer app.
There is currently no vaccine available for COVID-19. This is a new virus and researchers are working hard to develop one.
Page last updated: 08 June 2020
08 June 2020
Today the Ministry of Health is very pleased to report no active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand.
The Ministry has been notified by Auckland Regional Public Health that its remaining case has been symptom free for 48 hours and is regarded as recovered. The person has now been released from isolation.
Their case had been linked to the St Margaret’s Hospital & Rest Home cluster in Auckland.
“This is really good news for the person concerned, and it’s also something the rest of New Zealand can take heart from,” says Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.
“Having no active cases for the first time since February 28 is certainly a significant mark in our journey but as we’ve previously said, ongoing vigilance against COVID-19 will continue to be essential."
In this instance the individual was listed earlier on as a probable case but was removed when they tested negative for COVID-19. Then at a later date when they again became unwell, they tested positive. They were then included in the national tally as a confirmed case.
Further analysis confirmed that they did not have a COVID-19 infection the first time around and our reporting now reflects that more accurately. The data table on the Ministry website has changed to reflect the date that they were confirmed as being infected.
It is now 17 days since the last new case was reported in New Zealand.
Our total number of confirmed cases remains at 1,154, which is the number we report to the World Health Organization.
Our combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,504.
The number of recovered cases is now 1,482.
There are no additional deaths to report.
There is no one in New Zealand receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19.
Yesterday our laboratories completed 800 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 294,848 - lower testing volumes are regularly observed over weekends.
We are keeping our testing approach under constant review. New Zealanders can be assured that our capacity remains high and that testing at the border and in our communities will continue to be an essential part of our COVID-19 elimination strategy.
We want to encourage and remind everyone that if they have any respiratory symptoms, they should seek advice from Healthline, their GP or after-hours clinic about getting tested. Testing is free.
Eight significant clusters have closed, this is unchanged from yesterday.
A cluster is considered to be closed when there have been no new cases for two incubation periods (i.e. 28 days) from the date when all cases have completed isolation.
NZ COVID Tracer app
The NZ COVID Tracer app has now recorded 522,000 registrations – that’s an increase of 5,000 since this time yesterday.
We continue to encourage as many people as possible to download and use the app. This will support our contact tracing efforts including when we move to Level 1.
The number of posters created by businesses is now 37,504. The total number of poster scans to date is 734,415.
There are also email addresses to contact our team if people need help.
The mailbox for app feedback is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mailbox for businesses/organisations who want help with their QR codes is email@example.com.
Community Services Card
The Community Services Card (CSC) can help individuals and their families with the costs of health care. It entitles the holder and their family to a reduction in the cost of some health services and prescriptions.
The Community Services Card is administered by Work and Income on behalf of the Ministry of Health.
Applications for a CSC are assessed by Work and Income. Eligible people include:
- those 16 years or over (not a dependent child)
- New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
- those who normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here
- those who have or have applied for, refugee or protection status.
They also need to be:
- on a low income, or
- living in public housing, or
- receiving an accommodation supplement.
Some SuperGold Card holders may have a Combo card that includes their CSC details and expiry date on the back of their card.
People who think they might be eligible for a CSC can contact the Work and Income call centre on 0800 999 999.
If you require a new prescription, phone and talk to our nurses BUT please ensure that you do this at least two days before your medication runs out.If you require a prescription urgently (on the same day), it will cost you more. The charges below are for enrolled patients, the cost is more for casual patients.
Our current prescription charges are:
Collection from us $20
Faxed to pharmacy $22
Urgent/Same day request $26
Faxed to pharmacy $30
Please be aware that if you are calling for your test results that you are to call between 3-5pm for these please. The nurses are too busy in the mornings and have time set aside in the afternoon specially for results. Your help with doing this is appreciated
Maternal & Maori Health
Here at Kurow Medical Centre e have a real focus for you, on maternal and Maori Health. We have a range of information pamphlets available on maternal health, helping you get the best out of your pregnancy and early days with your new baby.
It is important to be the best you can be during this time, so you can offer your newborn the best possible start to life. It is important to consider your diet, your excercise, your smoking, your support networks and all that encompasses pregancy. We can help you if you have any questions and support you with tests required in the early days, and putting you onto a midwife.
Maori Health, from all angles, is important to us here at Kurow Medical Centre. We aim to support you with all we can, and have loads of resources avaialable to you in Te Reo. We also have many consultations that are subsidised or free, so ask at reception
Once your new baby is 6 weeks old, you are advised to commence immunisation as per the NZ schedule of registered and funded vaccines to prevent contracting the main and prevalent diseases that affect young children. If your immunisations are over 2 weeks late they become more urgent and we will give you more frequent reminders. So please, if it’s due, contact us to arrange an appointment. It’s in your babies best interests. There are also several others available such as Rotovirus, Chicken Pox and Boostrix for whooping cough. Contact us for more information on any of this
Public Holiday Closures
We are closed on Public Holidays but have emergency cover 24/7 from our GP's or PRIME Nurses.
Now that we are heading into a new flu (influenza) season Kurow Medical Centre and satellite clinics in Twizel and Omarama would like to inform all our patients of the following:
Flu vaccines are now in stock and available to anyone wishing to get immunised. Please be aware that funding for the flu vaccine does not kick in until 1 st April so anyone who is eligible for a free shot wanting to get immunised before 1 st April will be charged a small fee.
Points to note about the Flu:
The flu can be a serious and sometimes life-threatening viral infection!
The flu virus is very easy to catch and can affect anyone - it doesn't matter how fit and healthy you or your child are.
It can spread through the air by coughing and sneezing as well as by hands, cups and other objects that have been in contact with an infected person's mouth or nose.
Regular hand washing, covering mouths when coughing and keeping sick people away from healthy people will also reduce the spread of flu.
All adults and children from 6 months of age can benefit from yearly flu immunisation.
It is especially important, and free for pregnant women, anyone over the age of 65 and adults and children with certain chronic conditions who may develop complications from the flu. If you do not have an eligible condition, you still benefit from an influenza immunisation available, at a small cost.
Make sure your family is ready to prevent the flu each year!
Please contact us to book in or for more information.
Now available and eligible for certain patients between 65 and 80 yrs. Please contact us for further information.
Cervical Screening Tests
Many of you women will know that this is one of the most important tests you can get done to help keep in check with your health.
We are lucky to have 3 staff who are qualified to provide these tests for you. If you want to book in and get up to date, or to keep your current regime going then call us to arrange a time. We are here to provide just a chat too, if you are nervous or wish to know more about it, especially if its your first one.
For more information on these tests check out the national website for up to date information and advice.
This is a great tool to use if you are an iPhone user and here is how to use it. If you have the new iOS8 update go to 'Health' app then click the medical ID down the bottom right hand corner then put your details in and your next of kin and it will be able to be seen even on the lock screen