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August 13, 2010

Have the Flu? - Phone First

People with the flu on the West Coast are urged to phone their local medical centre or Healthline any time of the day or night if they have concerns regarding influenza.

Visitors to the area who are unsure who to call should phone 03 769 7449 or Healthline 0800 611 116.

Clinical Nurse Manager of Grey Base Hospital's Emergency Department, Julie Lucas said, "Patients should only turn up to hospital emergency departments if they have followed the advice of a nurse received via the telephone advice phone line."

Information on using the telephone advice line was delivered to all households on the West Coast with last week's Messenger.

For more information please contact

Bryan Jamieson
Community Liaison Officer
West Coast DHB
PO Box 387
Greymouth 7840
Phone (DDI): (03) 769-7665
Mobile: 027 245-9595
Email: This is not a link as we want to prevent spam.  Please transfer the email address on the image carefully into your email client before sending the email.  You might find, with some older email addresses on this site that they are no longer current, for staff-change reasons.  If your email bounces back please contact the WCDHB Communications Team - see Contacts section of this site.


Dr Cheryl Brunton
Medical Officer of Health, West Coast
Community and Public Health
3 Tarapuhi Street
PO Box 443
Phone: (03) 768-1160
Fax: (03) 768-1169

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