On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced New Zealand would move to Alert Level 2 at 11:59 PM on Wednesday the 13th of May.
While Thursday will be a significant step towards ‘normality’ for many New Zealanders, our practice is still following several infection control guidelines to keep you safe. It’s our wall of defence.
Most consultations will still happen over the phone (or by videoconference, FaceTime, Skype, etc.). There are two reasons for this:
- The Ministry of Health requires us to maintain physical distancing to stop any risk of COVID-19 spreading by person-to-person contact.
- Many of our patients are pleasantly surprised by the convenience and accessibility of our telehealth services.
However, this approach does not mean we can’t see you at the practice. Your doctor has more flexibility to provide face-to-face consultations for health services such as the management of long-term conditions. But you will need to speak to our clinical team first.
Remember, it’s okay to ask for help and advice — even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms relating to COVID-19. Please call us if you need a doctor or medical attention during Alert Level 2.
We can provide care for:
- medical emergencies and ACC consults
- chronic care management
- treatment of common illnesses
If you’re struggling with your mental wellbeing, reach out. It’s important to talk with a health professional if you feel you’re not coping.
Finally, speed is of the essence for the contact tracing measures NZ is relying on in Alert Level 2. If you begin to feel unwell, seek advice and get a test. The clock starts as soon as someone feels sick and you are not burdening our clinical team. We are here to help.
He waka eke noa.
We’re all in this together.