UC Pop-up provides access to testing for ākonga

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During the start of the Omicron outbreak, the University of Canterbury (UC) had one of the largest clusters of positive cases amongst students. The decision to have a pop-up site on campus was to help aid the demand of the cluster, specifically for those ākonga in the halls of residence, where initial cases swiftly increased.

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RATs distributed to vulnerable communities

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With the increase of Omicron in the Canterbury region, some of our most vulnerable communities have been struggling to get access to Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs). Pegasus Health decided they wanted to help these communities by purchasing over 10,000 RATs to distribute to community partners and vulnerable groups. “The Pegasus Strategic Leadership Team and Pegasus

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Overcoming a feeling of isolation among pharmacists

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Dr Aarti Patel, General Manager of the Canterbury Community Pharmacy Group (CCPG), wants to remind pharmacists and their staff, that they don’t have to feel alone. “This is a journey that pharmacy teams can’t take on individually. There’s a lot of benefit in peer support and community,” she says. “Pharmacy teams have borne a lot of

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Visiting the 24 Hour Surgery under COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light) Orange

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Know what to expect at the 24 Hour Surgery during COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light) Orange. You can call HealthLine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 0800 611 116 for advice. If you come to the 24 Hour Surgery at Traffic Light Red: Walk to the main entrance where you will be

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Creating a welcoming environment for Pasifika

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Samoan community worker, Vailia Afoa-Fui, has put her part-time study on hold to work more hours at a Hornby based COVID-19 vaccination clinic and help protect Canterbury’s Pasifika community. Vailia has worked on reception at the Maui Clinic in the Hornby mall since it opened in July last year. She usually works for the Tangata

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Visiting the 24 Hour Surgery under COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light) Red – Phase 3

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Know what to expect at the 24 Hour Surgery during COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light) Red. You can call HealthLine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 0800 611 116 for advice. If you come to the 24 Hour Surgery at Traffic Light Red: Walk to the main entrance where you will be

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Visiting the 24 Hour Surgery under COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light) Red

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Know what to expect at the 24 Hour Surgery during COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light) Red. You can call HealthLine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 0800 611 116 for advice. If you come to the 24 Hour Surgery at Traffic Light Red: Patients will be met by someone at the door

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Managing COVID-19 in the community

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Dr Kim Burgess is the clinical lead for Canterbury’s primary care vaccination programme. She says general practices have played a key role in providing information and reassurance for patients hesitant about vaccination. “The relationship that people have with their GP staff means they can ask questions and have a honest conversation about their concerns,’’ she

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Trust and rapport underpins collaboration between pharmacy and practice

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Mitchell Trezise, Pharmacy Manager, believes building trust and rapport with their local medical centre is key to being able to respond to the changing need of the Yaldhurst community. Kiwi Pharmacy and Inspire Health Medical share their building with a range of other health professionals. “We’re working collaboratively in terms of processes, and we have

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