Every time your child has a sore throat take them to your nurse or doctor straight away.

A sore throat can cause rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever is a serious and preventable illness that can cause permanent heart damage.

 

WHAT IS A SORE THROAT CLINIC?

A sore throat clinic makes it easier for at-risk children and young people to get their sore throats checked and treated. At a sore throat clinic you can get your sore throat checked on the same day and received FREE antibiotics if you need them.

 

WHO CAN GET FREE SORE THROAT CLINIC CHECKS?

Maori and Pacific children and young people aged 4 - 19 years

4- 19 year olds living in areas with the highest measure of neighborhood deprivation NZ Deprivation Index Quintile5

3 - 35 year old household contacts (with a sore throat) of someone who has been treated for a strep throat infection.

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND FREE SORE THROAT CLINICS?

They are in parts of Northland, Auckland, Lakes, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne/East Coast, Hawkes Bay, Porirua and the Hutt Valley.

You can also call Health line on 0800 611 116 to find a sore throat clinic near you.

Your child's school may have a sore throat checking programme in place too (contact the school to find out). This service is FREE

 

OTHER PLACES YOU CAN GET A SOE THOAT CHECKED

You can go to your normal doctor or nurse. You may have to pay a fee; you can phone ahead and check.

Phoning your local GP/family doctor for advice is one of the best ways to access the right care at the right time. Even if you call your practice overnight or outside of their normal opening hours, there are systems in place that provide nurse-led telephone services to help you sort what you need and give health advice and practice information (such as opening hours)

 

SORE THROAT CLINICS, DAYS AND TIMES

 

 

CURRENT RAPID RESPONSE SERVICES

All secondary school health services across Lakes District Health Board

Both Youth One Stop Shops Taupo and Rotorua

Primary Care (free under 18 year olds in Rotorua and Turangi)

Rapids Response school clinics in Western Heights and surrounding schools

Western Heights Community after hours clinics and home visiting

Rotorua and Taupo Emergency Department

Lakes Prime Care

All under 13s are free but only some provide free 0 - 18 year olds free

 

MORE INFORMATION...

For other information about where to get your child's sore throat checked for free:

Phone Health Line 0800 611 116 or visit

www.health.govt.nz/rheumaticfever

Go to Rheumatic Fever Intranet Page