Easter medical services in Eastern Bay

Most health centres in the Eastern Bay of Plenty will be open over Easter, but Edgecumbe’s Riverslea Medical Centre and two pharmacies will be closed from Saturday to Monday, and will reopen on Tuesday. File Photo.

Edgecumbe's Riverslea Medical Centre and two pharmacies in the Eastern Bay of Plenty township will be closed over the Easter Period.

The medical centre and Edgecumbe Pharmacy are currently operating from a temporary site next to Te Kura o Te Teko at 8 Te Teko Road, and are open until 4pm today.

They then close down for the long weekend and will reopen on Tuesday, April 18. Anyone who requires more information should call 07-304-9106.

It's the same situation for Edgecumbe Pharmacy on College Road, which is open until 4pm today, then closed over Easter and reopening on Tuesday. If you need further information call 07-304-9734.

All other health centres in the Eastern Bay are open as per their normal hours, while Unichem Adamsons Pharmacy on King Street in Kopeopeo will be opened for limited hours over Easter, says a Bay of Plenty District Health Board spokesperson.

“A GP service is available at Whakatāne Hospital from Good Friday through to Easter Monday each day, from 10am - 4pm.  

“In Opotiki, the Church Street Surgery is open from Good Friday through to Easter Monday each day 9.30am-10.30am.”

If anyone needs after hours medical care, the spokesperson advises people call their GP first and speak to a registered nurse who will advise them on what action to take, or contact Healthline on 0800 611 116.

Anyone with hospital appointments are also being advised that all services at both Whakatāne and Tauranga hospitals will be operating as scheduled, apart from the Cardiology Clinic at Whakatāne which been cancelled today.

“If you would like to check or reschedule your appointment please call the Patient Information Centre on 0800 333 477.”

And anyone who is overwhelmed and struggling to cope over Easter please, please remember that it's okay to feel down, it's more than okay to ask for help, and you are never, ever, alone.

If you feel like you do need some support and a friendly ear, call Lifeline on 0800 543 354, What's Up? on 0800 942 8787, or visit the Mental Health Foundation's website for more information and advice: www.mentalhealth.org.nz

EASTER WEEKEND DUTY PHARMACY:

Unichem Adamsons Pharmacy on King Street, Kopeopeo will be open at the following times:

  •   •  Good Friday: 10:30am – 1.00pm and 2.30pm – 4.30pm

  •   •  Saturday, April 15: 9.00am-1.00pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm

  •   •  Sunday, April 16: 10:30am – 1.00pm and 2.30pm – 4.30pm

  •   •  Easter Monday: 10:30am – 1.00pm and 2.30pm – 4.30pm

For more information, visit www.bopdhb.govt.nz



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