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TUESDAY 24 MARCH 2020
The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board will make a number of changes to how its hospitals and medical centres will operate over the coming weeks.
From Thursday, outpatient and pre-operation assessment clinics will be postponed at all DHB facilities.
The DHB will be putting in place as many telehealth appointments, either by video or over the phone for patients that need to be urgently assessed.
At Hawke's Bay Hospital, life-threatening injuries and medical conditions will be able to be treated at the Emergency Department.
Those with minor injuries and medical conditions will be sent to accident and medical centres.
Renal patients will still need to attend their dialysis appointments, and women in labour should follow their care plan as described by their Lead Maternity Carer. Maternity facilities will remain open, but closed to visitors, with only parents allowed on-site.
Cancer patients will continue to receive chemotherapy.
In Central Hawke's Bay, the DHB says planning is underway for how facilities and community-based assessment units will operate.
Waipukurau Police say they will remain open to the public, but opening hours may be subject to change.
Officer in Charge, Andrew Knox, says there will be a 2 metre safety zone between front counter staff and the public.
Hand sanitiser and pens will be available, along with a desk, to complete any paperwork.
Mr Knox says a log will be kept of all people who interact with counter staff, as this will assist with tracking if anyone comes into contact with COVID-19.
He says Police encourage people to use 111 in an emergency, and 105 for non-urgent calls, or reporting online at police.govt.nz.
Local Councils have moved to close facilities in the wake of New Zealand's COVID-19 level being moved to 4 from midnight tomorrow.
All Tararua District Council service centres, libraries and the Woodville i-SITE remain closed, with the
exception of Dannevirke Service Centre which will close tomorrow at 1pm.
The Council says in the meantime, access is restricted to one person at a time.
From Thursday, community pools, halls and sports venues will close.
The Council says during the Level-4 lockdown, its customer service line will remain open, recycling services will continue, and campgrounds will remain open, except for Pahiatua.
Public toilets will remain open until further notice.
In Central Hawke's Bay, Council offices and libraries, all community halls, the AW Parsons Pool Complex, the CHB Settlers Museum, the Civic Theatre, and the Municipal Theatre will be closed.
The Council says all transfer stations and recycling drop-off centres will also be closed.
A full list of services impacted is available on either the Tararua or Central Hawke's Bay District Council's websites.