Northland DHB Public Health nurses Gloria Reid and Bev Smith have been overwhelmed at the support they’ve had from local businesses in Whangarei while they have been working at the Mobile Meningococcal W Outbreak Clinics over the last couple of weeks.
This week while the Clinic has been based at the Bunnings Warehouse, Whangarei car park, Gloria and Bev said some of their team members helped them set up the gazebo, they’ve brought them coffees, and the security guys have been telling families about what we were doing here.
“They’ve been so helpful. When some of the staff heard about us they brought their teenagers along to get their immunisations done, and one of the younger staff members also had their shot,” said Gloria.
Then last week when they were situated at Te Matau A Pohe Bridge Car park the girls from the The 3Sisters Container Cafe also gave them free coffees.
The owner of the Café, Christie Lethbridge said it was really nice to have the nurses there.
“I couldn’t believe it when they came and thanked us for the coffee. It was the least I could do for them. We know what it’s like to be sitting here all day and we’ve got to look after our nurses.”
Christie said she posted pictures of the clinic on her Facebook page while they were there and that encouraged a few people to come down and get their shots, including her nephew.
The clinic is open today and tomorrow at Bunnings Warehouse car park from 10am – 6pm for Northland children aged from 9 months to under 5 years and 13 to under 20 years at the time of presentation.
Next week the team is back at the Te Matau A Pohe Bridge Carpark - Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 January from 10 am to 6pm.