Health professionals are concerned there are possibly Northlanders needing healthcare, but they are choosing to stay home because they are either concerned about exposure or worry their health provider is inundated with the Covid-19 response.
Northland DHB, GPs and Pharmacists want all Northlanders to know, while it is a busy time ‘we are here to help’.
If you are unwell and normally see your GP; or if you need medication and normally go to your pharmacist with questions – do still give them a call.
Pharmacists ask those on regular medication to please check they have adequate supplies, if not call your local pharmacy. Please do not make any changes to your medication without speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.
GPs are doing phone and video consults, as well as some face to face appointments when needed.
Call your GP or if you’re unsure, call Healthline for FREE health advice and information on 0800 611 116. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In an emergency, call 111.
Northland DHB chief medical officer Dr Michael Roberts says often it is our older people who ‘don’t like to make a fuss’; or currently those with children or pre-existing conditions are afraid of being exposed to Covid-19,
“The sooner we are able to see you, the better. We have systems in place to keep you safe and provide the best possible care. You are not a bother”
All New Zealand hospitals followed international best practice for infection prevention and people can be confident that if they did need to come to their local emergency department that their safety will be prioritised.
You will be triaged on arrival and anyone with suspected COVID-19 will be kept away from other patients and we are using all appropriate personal protective equipment.