Our local health services are preparing for a busy winter with flu, COVID-19 and other illnesses. Check out some ideas for staying warm and well this winter and help lighten the load.
- Vaccines & immunisations
Check that you and your whānau are up-to-date with immunisations and consider getting the flu and COVID-19 vaccines.
- Prescriptions & medication
Get prescription and medicine refills early, especially if you need an appointment with your family doctor.
- Stay home when you’re unwell
Protect your community by staying home when you’re unwell. If you need to go out, make sure you wear a mask.
- Check in with Healthline
If you aren’t sure whether to see your GP, visit an urgent care clinic, stay home, or call Healthline 0800 611 116 for advice.
- If it can wait, don’t come out late
Wait times at 24 Hour Surgery can be long in the evening. If you can wait until tomorrow, don’t visit at night.
- Heating and staying warm
For help heating your home check WINZ, your local Council or the Citizens Advice Bureau for information on grants and support.
- Connect with friends
Stay connected with friends and whānau this winter. Have a coffee together, or explore the outdoors on a beautiful winter morning.
- Your Best Care website
Visit yourbestcare.co.nz for all the options available if you or your whānau need healthcare this winter.