BOP COVID-19 Updates

Changes to COVID-19 assessment centre closing times starting Thursday

The Bay’s COVID-19 assessment centres will be changing their operating times starting this Thursday (16 April).

First day at Baypark a success for Tauranga COVID-19 Assessment CentreThe opening hours of the Tauranga CBAC at Trustpower Baypark Stadium are changing.

From Thursday the Tauranga Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC) located at the Trustpower Baypark Stadium will be moving to new weekday and weekend opening hours. These are as follows:

Weekdays -  9am-4pm

Weekend -  9am-2pm

Bay of Plenty Community Based Health Services Lead Dr Joe Bourne said the move was a response to the numbers presenting at the CBACs, allied to the constant drive to utilise resources as efficiently as possible.

“We’re taking an approach where we will increase and decrease the capacity at the CBACs depending on the need in the population at the time,” said Dr Bourne.

“I would like to acknowledge how well our community is doing at the moment with both isolation and physical distancing. People are following the advice that has been given which is reducing the amount of respiratory infections in our community allowing us to reduce the capacity we’ve got at the moment.

“Should the number of people requiring assessment increase again, we do have the ability to move with that and increase the hours should that be necessary.”

While CBACs continue to support our healthcare system by assessing and treating people with, for example, coughs, colds and sore throat, general practice remains open and able to assess all other types of health issues.

The operating hours for the Bay’s other static sites (at Whakatāne, Kawerau and Ōpōtiki) have also been reduced.

For the coming week the operating times are as follows:

Whakatāne (at Whakatāne War Memorial Hall)

Thursday 16 April -   Closed

Friday 17 April -   9am-12.30pm

Saturday 18 April -  10am-4pm

Sunday 19 April -   Closed

Monday 20 April -   9am-12.30pm

Ōpōtiki (at Ōpōtiki Senior Citizens Hall)

Thursday 16 April -   10am-2pm

(at the Ron Hardie Recreation Centre Car Park)

Thursday 16 April -   10am-2pm

Tauranga (at Trustpower Baypark Stadium)

Thursday 16 April -   9am-4pm

Friday 17 April -  9am-4pm

Saturday 18 April -  9am-2pm

Sunday 19 April -  9am-2pm

Monday 20 April -  9am-4pm

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