Featuring Natasha Kemp, Manurewa Marae CEO and Dr Nua Tupai, Bader Drive Doctors
There are many ways you can access free health advice and help whenever you need it. You can access online resources any time, go to your pharmacy for healthcare advice or call free phone numbers.
Always call 111 first if it is a life-threatening emergency or you or someone you know is in danger.
Let’s keep practising these throughout winter to keep ourselves and our communities safe.
Be prepared, just in case.
If someone in your whaanau gets sick, it’s a good idea for them to stay in one room or area until they are well.
Wear a mask to care for them, and if possible, get them to wear a mask as well. Regularly ventilate or air your home by opening windows and doors. Be sure to wipe clean any surfaces around the house that are frequently touched such as door handles, benchtops, and tables.
Talk to your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or health practitioner about your eligibility for COVID-19 antiviral medicines. Read more about free COVID medicines here.
People with a high risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19, people aged 65 or over, Māori or Pacific people aged 50 or over are eligible.
Find advice call Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
If you have a sick child with breathing difficulties, seek medical care from your doctor immediately. You can call Healthline anytime on 0800 611 116 for free health advice and information.
Symptoms can also include fever, cough (can turn into a coughing attack, with vomiting and sometimes has a whoop sound) and a runny nose. Please seek medical advice if your child has any of these symptoms or has had a cough for two weeks or more.
Please keep your child at home if they are sick or awaiting whooping cough test results. Please don’t visit young babies if you are sick this winter. Flu and whooping cough are very infectious, and babies can get very sick from them quickly.
Vaccination is one of the most important ways we can protect ourselves, our whaanau and our communities from many infectious diseases.
Make your local community pharmacy the place you visit for advice, medicine and referral for minor health conditions this winter.
This winter, participating community pharmacies will provide a free Minor Health Conditions Service.
Minor health conditions are those that can be managed with advice, self-care and in some cases, medicines provided by your pharmacist. Proper management of minor health conditions can prevent more serious conditions from developing or prevent further costly treatment.
Those eligible for the service are all Maaori and Pacific people, children aged under 14 years, and community service card holders.
The service runs from Monday 12 June to Saturday 30 September in specific parts of the motu that are particularly stretched.
You might also hear this service talked about as the Minor Ailment Service.