CBACs - future intent

26 May 2020

Kia ora everyone


Please find CBAC update below from Fiona:


Greetings all – sorry a longish email to answer all your queries!

This is to advise you of the plan for Community COVID-19 testing in Waikato DHB after 29 May. You have all provided an awesome service during Levels 4,3, and now 2 and I appreciate that there are pressures on all services to reset as we move to Level 1. A number of queries have come my way and while a few details are still subject to discussion and agreement  over a transition period until mid-June, I have summarised the key changes and intent below. Please send your lessons learned in on the template provided to you last week. As we don’t know what the future holds in terms of ‘second waves’ etc we are keeping some ‘virtual CBACs’ in readiness. I will be in touch with each service to assist with decommissioning and transition. Amy will lead the Comms.


So in summary:

  • Rural sites –will transition to primary care-led testing services; and the DHB-led COVID-19 operations decommissioned by the end of Queens Birthday Weekend.

o   Te Kuiti will move  on Thursday 28 May

o   Te Aroha on 2 June (current hours until then)

o   Tokoroa to primary care on 2 June (current hours until then)

o   Thames Te Korowai  (closed this long weekend – usual practice hours from 2 June) – but is doing some ongoing mobile testing

o   Matamata – cease scheduled mobile service at the end of this week and move to primary care 2 June

o   Taumarunui – transition from current arrangements by 12 June


  • Claudelands - Change opening hours from 1 June with discussions currently underway about future options

o   25 – 31 May as currently

o   1 June closed

o   2 – 12 June Monday to Saturday 0800-1200

o   Further advice pending for services from 15 June


  • Mobile Community Testing – Discussions underway to look at building on current opportunities  and retain equity lens over assessment and testing

o   Current schedule in place until 29 May

o   Reduce number of vans from 2 June

o   Staff and schedule from 2 – 12 June using two Mojo campers

o   Further advice pending for scheduling  out until 30 June

o   Return Renal Camper Van to Renal Services week commencing 2 June

o   Review number of cars needed.


  • Sentinel testing – has ceased. Revised MoH Case Definition 22 May does not support asymptomatic testing – except when directed by the Medical Officer of Health.


I will send the usual spreadsheet with specific details for each locality once I have final contact information etc.  I have attached the latest CBAC data analysis fyi.

Ngā Mihi


Fiona Murdoch |Waikato DHB Strategy and Funding  - Service Development Manager Health of Older People