A dedicated community-based swabbing centre for COVID-19 is back up and running in Thames, supported by a Mobile Testing clinic, which will travel to rural areas throughout the Hauraki.
The Thames testing station will be run from the carpark of health provider Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki at 210 Richmond Street.
Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki General Practitioner Martin Mikaere, who is the Clinical Lead for the Thames clinic, says the testing centre is open to everyone in the community, but they must phone ahead first, so that the dedicated team are prepared for their arrival.
“Anybody who suspects they have COVID-19 must ring the clinic in advance on Freephone 0508 835 676 (0508tekorowai) and further directions will be given thereafter,” he says.
People must remain in their cars on arrival until they are seen by one of the Te Korowai health team. They must not come into the clinic.
The Thames clinic will be open for testing Monday to Friday from 9am-12noon and 1-4pm; and this Saturday and Sunday 9-3pm. We will notify of arrangements for next week as we learn more about the Government’s plans.
The same procedure applies to people attending the Mobile Clinics – they will need to remain in their cars until they are triaged and assessed for swabbing.
The Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Mobile Clinic timetable is: Thursday, August 13 - Harataunga School House driveway 9-11am; Manaia Marae,
1-3pm.Friday, Friday, August 14 - Waihi Marae 9-11am; Paeroa 1-3pm. Monday, August 17 - Kerepēhi Marae 9-11am, Kaiaua 1-3pm.
The Thames Whānau Health Centre and mobile clinic will only be operating as COVID-19 testing centres. Anyone who is unwell for conditions not related to COVID-19 must phone their regular GP, who will give instructions as to procedure.
COVID-19 symptoms are similar to a range of other illnesses such as the flu and include fever, coughing, body aches, fatigue and difficulty breathing.
For updates and more information, go to our Facebook Page: Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki or website: www.korowai.co.nz... , or visit the Ministry of health website www.health.govt.nz...
Some photos from this week's Boulton Cup match at Hauraki Plains Netball Centre in Ngatea. The results are:
1st: Paeroa College
2nd: Thames High School
3rd: Hauraki Plains College
4th: Mercury Bay Area School
5th: Katikati College
6th: Waihi College
7th equal: Matamata College and Te Aroha College
Good news – 2021 is set to be the year of the long weekend.
Five out of 10 public holidays will be Mondayised (or Tuesdayised in one case) next year, which means if you work a standard Monday to Friday week, you can look forward to some extended breaks.
In fact, once you’ve tacked on the weekends, you’ll end up getting a whopping 25 days off out of those 10 stat days, plus your region’s anniversary day.
To find out how to get the most out of your annual leave next year, click here.
Thames Museum’s display "Crossing the Waihou" is still on and is proving popular. The display features Ted Egan's fully working model of the Historic Kōpū Bridge swing span, along with photos, newspaper excerpts and a representation of the Hauraki Plains farmland which emphasises the role the bridge played in connecting Thames to the Plains and beyond. Another feature is the menu from the banquet that celebrated the bridge's opening on 11th May 1928. There is one surprising dish that we might not be so keen on today. I would love to hear from anyone who has ever eaten it.
Thames Museum, Corner Pollen and Cochrane Streets is open Friday to Wednesday, 10am to 3pm. Admission adult $5, child $2, family of 2 adults and school age children $10.