TDHB calling for return of hundreds of Oximeters

3 May 2022

Hundreds of oximeters that have been loaned to Covid patients to help them monitor and measure their blood oxygen level and pulse rate haven’t been returned and are needed for new Covid patients.

The devices that clip on the end of a patient’s finger cost the DHB around $90 each and are very important for monitoring people who are at risk of developing breathing difficulties, says Cathy Taylor, Taranaki District Health Board’s Covid Care in the Community Manager.

“Using an oximeter to monitor people ensures they can get the correct clinical care early, and may help to avoid somebody going to hospital as we can treat them and monitor them at home,” explains Taylor.

“Getting them back is really important because we our stocks are getting low and we want them to be available to other at risk Covid patients rather than having to spend valuable health dollars on buying more.”

Once a Covid-patient has recovered the oximeters are no longer required and can be dropped off to their local GP or the centres listed below or by calling 0508 436 374.

DROP OFF LOCATION

ADDRESS

OPENING HOURS

CBAC, New Plymouth

Taranaki Base Hospital (access off Tukapa Street), New Plymouth

Monday to Friday 8.30am-4pm
Saturday and Sunday (and public holidays) 8.30am-3pm

CBAC, Hāwera

Hawera Hospital, Hunter Street, Hawera

Monday to Sunday (and public holidays) 9.30am-2.30pm

Eltham Town Hall, Eltham

Stanners Street

Monday to Friday 9am to 12pm

Mamaku Centre, Inglewood

6 Mamaku Street, Inglewood

Monday to Friday 11am-2pm

Ngāruahine Iwi Health Service, Manaia

36 Patu-kukupa Street, Manaia

Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. (Text – 027 221 8097 to arrange pick up)

Ngāti Ruanui Health Care, Hāwera

41 Hunter Street, Hāwera

Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm

Ngāti Ruanui Health Care, Patea

1 Lincoln Street, Patea

Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm

Te Aranga, Waitara

Te Awa Church, 68 McLean Street, Waitara

Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm

Tui Ora, New Plymouth

36 Maratahu Street, New Plymouth

Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4pm

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