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Cantabrians urged to get tested after notification of COVID-19 case

Wednesday, November 17, 2021   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: disease, immunisation, prevention, vaccination

Canterbury DHB media release: 17th November 2021

With the Ministry of Health confirming a case of COVID-19 in Christchurch today, Cantabrians who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have visited a location of interest are being urged to get tested.

Find out about COVID-10 symptoms to be aware of.

Find out about the latest released locations of interest.

How to get a COVID-19 test

Please get tested if you visited a location of interest or have cold and flu symptoms.

People can be tested at:

  • their General Practice - you need to call before you turn up for a test; or
  • a community-based testing centre (CBTC).

You don’t need a referral to attend a CBTC. You can drive-up or walk-in. Testing is free, unless you require a test for travel overseas.

The COVID-19 CBTCs currently operating in Canterbury are:

  • Orchard Road CBTC (174 Orchard Road - near the Airport off Harewood Road).
    Open 9am to 4pm (or later if demand requires), 7 days a week.
  • Whānau Ora Community Clinic CBTC (250 Pages Road, Wainoni).
    Open 9am to 3.30pm (or later if demand requires), 7 days a week.
  • Ashburton Hospital site CBTC (28 Elizabeth Street - Ashburton hospital site).
    Open 10am to 2pm, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
    Please enter via Driveway D - not the main entrance to the hospital. This is a drive-In testing facility preferably but walk-ins can be accommodated.

We have increased capacity at our testing centres, with additional staff brought on board. Our Orchard Road site will remain open later if needed, to respond to demand.

People can check if their GP can provide COVID-19 testing on the Healthpoint website or by calling them directly.

Get the details of all COVID-19 testing options in Canterbury.

Accessing Health Services

Unless you have been contacted by phone to advise that your planned (elective) surgery or outpatient appointment is postponed, please assume it is going ahead and turn up to your appointment.

Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times at Canterbury DHB sites and will be provided if people don’t have them. Hand sanitiser stations are visible and must also be used.

Please scan in using the QR code, wherever you go using the government’s COVID-19 Tracer App, and ensure Bluetooth is turned on within the app. This means you’ll receive alerts if you’ve been exposed to a case.

Find out about current visitor restrictions for Canterbury DHB facilities. Restrictions are in place because reducing the number of people entering our hospitals reduces the opportunities of infection spreading, helping protect vulnerable patients and our staff. Most importantly, please don’t come visiting if you feel unwell.

We continue to treat everyone who presents at our facilities needing healthcare, regardless of their immunisation status.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccination

This is a timely reminder of how easily COVID-19 can spread. Our best defence against the virus is to have as many people as possible in our community vaccinated.

It’s important that we continue to improve vaccination coverage across Canterbury, as high vaccination rates will help protect our communities and keep people safe.

94 percent of our eligible population has now received at least one dose and 83 percent are fully vaccinated. We’re urging anyone yet to receive their vaccinations to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their whanau and our community. 

Find out about Canterbury COVID-19 vaccination clinic locations, including multiple walk-in options.

Our drive through vaccination clinic at Christchurch Arena in Addington is open until 7.30pm every weeknight, and there’s a pop-up vaccination event at the New World Ferry Road car park Thursday and Friday this week from midday-6.30pm.

There are currently 100+ community vaccination clinics open throughout Canterbury, many open weekends and late nights.

Book your vaccine online if you prefer to have a fixed appointment time or call 0800 28 29 26.

The more of us who are fully vaccinated, the more protection we will have against COVID-19, and the more freedom this gives us.