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Latest News Thursday 26 March 2020|A portable building has been set up outside Counties Manukau Health’s Middlemore Hospital to provide people with information about COVID-19.

Clinical director of the Emergency Department Dr Vanessa Thornton says the building or ‘portacom’ which sits outside the Emergency Department (ED) on Hospital Rd is a place where people will be given information about  the virus and directed to the right services.

It is not a testing station and no swabs will be taken on site. 


“Any person who is well but may require COVID-19 testing (based on the Ministry of Health guidelines) will be redirected to a community based assessment centre (CBAC).

Any unwell patients, including those suspected of COVID-19, will be directed to ED with all the appropriate precautions in place,” Dr Thornton says.

The three-room portacom will be staffed bynurses and is plumbed with sinks and running water.

Visitors to the portacom will be required to observe standard social distancing and general personal hygiene protocols.

The portacom will remain in place for as long as required.

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