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How to treat omicron at home

How to treat omicron at home

The majority of people who are infected with Omicron experience mild or no symptoms and can safely manage at home.   What are the symptoms? A sore throat or a scratchy throat Fever(a temperature above 37.8°C or skin which feels hot to touch). A new, continuous cough....

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New Integrated Primary Mental Health and Addictions Service

New Integrated Primary Mental Health and Addictions Service

EBPHA proudly launched the Integrated Primary Mental Health and Addictions Service last week. This service will work alongside General Practice to provide enhanced access and choice for patients. The service will employ Health Improvement Professional (HIPS)...

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Omicron Checklist

Omicron Checklist

With Omicron case numbers expected to increase rapidly in the coming weeks, the best thing you can do right now is be prepared. Have a kōrero with your whanau this weekend and make a plan. Unite against COVID-19 have put together a COVID-19 Readiness Checklist. It...

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We are now operating at Traffic Light Level Red

We are now operating at Traffic Light Level Red

Under the Covid-19 Protection Framework, we're now operating at traffic light level Red. Our priority is to protect the well-being of our clients and staff members. We ask all visitors to always wear a mask, scan in on arrival, and sanitise your hands. Where possible...

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Eastern BOP After-hours Medical Care

Eastern BOP After-hours Medical Care

If you require medical assistance after-hours, you should: Call your GP - even after hours Healthline is available 24/7 and you will speak to a registered nurse If you are visiting the Eastern Bay of Plenty phone 0800 306 236 If you are in or near Ōpōtiki you can...

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Kawerau COVID-19 Testing Station and Vaccination Clinic

Kawerau COVID-19 Testing Station and Vaccination Clinic

This week 17-23 January, the COVID Vaccination Clinic is located at Concert Chambers, 114b Church St, Kawerau. The opening hours are: Monday 17th - 9am to 4pm Wednesday 19th - 9am to 7pm Saturday 22nd - 9am to 4pm   The Kawerau testing station is located at the...

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COVID-19 Self-Isolation Food and Meal Plan Guide

COVID-19 Self-Isolation Food and Meal Plan Guide

During lockdown or when self-isolating at home, eating well balanced, healthy, and nutritious meals can often seem to hard and requires too much effort, at a very stressful time!   We know that being sick can disrupt your appetite and eating patterns. But it’s really...

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New Chair visits WHK Pop-up COVID-19 Testing Centre

New Chair visits WHK Pop-up COVID-19 Testing Centre

New Chair Hamiora Bowkett visited Whakatāne today and witnessed the COVID-19 resurgence team in full swing.  Yesterdays announcement of 12 new cases in the BOP region, including one positive case in Eastern Bay of Plenty, located in Waimana, prompted a quick responce...

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Appointment of new Board Chair

Appointment of new Board Chair

It is with pleasure that we announce Hamiora Bowkett as the Chair of the Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance.   “It is a real pleasure and privilege to work within the Eastern Bay, in particular these communities. Although life for everyone is heavily impacted by...

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Ōpōtiki Supersedes Super Saturday Expectations

Ōpōtiki Supersedes Super Saturday Expectations

Over two hundred people received their COVID vaccination at the Ōpōtiki Health Centre on Saturday.   It was an outstanding turn out by the community. With some people enticed to participate in the day, thanks to the generosity of Te Pou Oranga O Whakatohea, who...

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Mobile COVID vaccinations available

Mobile COVID vaccinations available

Do you have a rōpū (group) of 30 people or more? Mobile COVID vacciantion services are now available and will visit your marae, workplace, community hall, sports club, or whare and vaccinate you and your rōpū there. If you are interested in this free service, please...

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Ōhope open drive-through vaccination centre

Ōhope open drive-through vaccination centre

Ōhope Beach Medical Centre opened its drive-through vaccination centre on Thursday last week. It is the second Eastern Bay medical practice to do so after Whakatōhea Medical Centre began offering a drive-through vaccination services while in Alert level 4 lockdown....

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Child immunisations go mobile during lockdown

Child immunisations go mobile during lockdown

Childhood immunisations remain a priority during all COVID-19 Alert Levels and the Eastern Bay of Plenty Public Health Alliance (EBPHA) Outreach Immunisation Service (OIS) team are doing their best to ensure tamariki and pēpi don’t miss out.   Many GPs have...

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Farewell Sir Michael Cullen

Farewell Sir Michael Cullen

With much sadness, we farewell Sir Michael Cullen, who died overnight in hospice care in Whakatāne.   Sir Michael Cullen was appointed Chair to the Bay of Plenty District Health Board in 2019, and stepped down in March 2020, due to his battle with lung cancer....

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Ōpōtiki opens first BOP drive-thru vaccination clinic

Ōpōtiki opens first BOP drive-thru vaccination clinic

The Ōpōtiki (GP Led) Vaccination Centre opened Bay of Plenty’s first drive-thru vaccination centre at the Medical Hub today, Friday 20th August.   Under alert level 4 vaccination centers around the country are trying to manage the extra restrictions and social...

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COVID-19 Test Criteria

COVID-19 Test Criteria

MOH guidelines for testing People should be tested who have symptoms that meet the clinical criteria for COVID-19 (detailed below). Where people meet the clinical criteria for COVID-19 and also meet the HIS criteria, extra steps (self-isolation and notification) are...

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New Zealand is now at Alert Level 4

New Zealand is now at Alert Level 4

Recap of current announcements New Zealand has one case of community transmitted COVID-19 in Auckland - this case has been treated as the Delta variant. As this is a more highly transmissible delta variant, a more stringent approach has been taken.   The whole of...

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EBPHA Clinical Director Awarded Community Service Medal

EBPHA Clinical Director Awarded Community Service Medal

Dr Rachel Shouler has been awarded a Community Service Medal by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Dr Shouler is a GP at Tarawera Medical Centre and works as a GP liaison for Bay of Plenty District Health Board and is the Clinical Director at...

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Do you have prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, or High cholesterol?

Do you have prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, or High cholesterol?

Our Diabetes and Heart Health programme is a FREE course that focuses on self-management of your condition. We have courses starting: Ōpōtiki 10am-12pm – Whakatohea Trust Board Wednesday 4th August Wednesday 11th August Wednesday 18th August Wednesday 25th August...

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Alert level change for Wellington

Alert level change for Wellington

Recap of current announcements An Australian traveller from Sydney who visited Wellington from Saturday, 19 June to Monday, 21 June has tested positive upon his return to Australia Wellington will move to Alert Level 2 at 6pm on Wednesday, 23 June until 11.59pm on...

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After-hours Immunisation Clinic at EBPHA

After-hours Immunisation Clinic at EBPHA

We are offering an after-hours immunisation clinic at our Whakatāne office. The immunisation clinic will offer: • Free Flu vaccine for people 16 years and over with pre-existing health conditions • Free MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) for people 15 to 30 years of age •...

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Budget 2021: PHO chief pleased at moves on locality network

Budget 2021: PHO chief pleased at moves on locality network

A PHO chief is putting up his hand for his area to be considered as a prototype locality network under the Government’s health reforms. And another PHO chief has expressed his pleasure at the commitment to funding for the Māori Health Authority.   Money for...

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NZ Healthcare Award Winners

NZ Healthcare Award Winners

The New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards / He Tohu Mauri Ora were held on Saturday 15th May, at a black-tie awards ceremony in Auckland. In attendance was the Integrated Case Management Team and EBPHA CE Greig Dean.   Some of New Zealand’s leading healthcare...

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EBPHA Finalist in NZ Healthcare Awards

EBPHA Finalist in NZ Healthcare Awards

“We are honoured to be finalists for a second year in a row” says Greig Dean, CE of Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance (EBPHA). This weekend Mr Dean and the Integrated Case Management (ICM) Team travel to Auckland for the New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards. The...

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Ōpōtiki Medical Hub mark one year milestone

Ōpōtiki Medical Hub mark one year milestone

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Ōpōtiki Medical Hub, a collaborative service provided by Church St Surgery, Toi Ora Health and Whakatōhea Health Centre. “We launched the same month we went into lock down and at that time, there was so much uncertainty...

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