Business as usual for Waimarino Health Centre
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17 October 2013
 
It’s business as usual for the Waimarino Health Centre says rural nurse, and one of the centre’s two emergency coordinators, Ann Gibson.
 
Concerns that Raetihi’s water crisis might be affecting the health centre’s ability to function are unfounded Mrs Gibson says.
 
“We want the Waimarino population to know that our doors are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
 
“Like all Raetihi residents we are using bottled water for drinking and cooking and this in no way impinges on our ability to provide our normal services. Our WDHB staff continue to visit and support our clients.”
 
Mrs Gibson says health centre staff have really pulled together to cover the health needs of the community since the water crisis began two weeks ago.
 
“Our Ngati Rangi Health and Te Puke Karanga Hauora community workers have been a wonderful support to our midwives and nursing staff in particular.
 
“And equally, the support we’ve had from Dr Jim Corbett and his staff has been much appreciated. Working closely with them has given us strong collegial support during this challenging time.”
 
Anyone with a health need is asked to see their GP who will refer patients to the health centre if required. “It’s important that people continue to see their GP first,” Mrs Gibson says.