UPDATEd 29 May 2019

Cervical screening saves lives!!  Screening is designed to pick up on early changes before they can develop into cervical cancer, and long before women have any symptoms that may indicate abnormalities.  It is a simple test, that will take up 15 minutes of your time.

All women in New Zealand, between the ages of 20 and 70 years are encouraged to attend on a 3-yearly basis.  

If you, or your partner, have not had a smear test within the past 3 years – please call 525 0060 to book an appointment NOW!

Golden Bay Community Health is running FREE cervical screening clinics in June


Takaka:  Thursday 13, Thursday 21 and Saturday 29 June

Collingwood Clinic: Friday 14 June

Advice for GBCH staff and community during current measles outbreak

·         There have been no cases in GB during this outbreak, thus far.

·         Measles is a highly contagious viral disease causing cold like symptoms, high fever and generally a very miserable patient. 

·         Rash usually starts after a couple of days, usually from the head down. 

·         Some patients will become extremely unwell and need hospitalisation.

·         You can catch measles from 5 days BEFORE the rash to five days AFTER.


·         Any child aged over 1 yr can have their first MMR, with the second given 4 weeks after that.

·         Children under 1yr can be vaccinated but will still need a further 2 vaccines after aged 1yr.

·         These infants can be protected by their contacts being immunised – ie family , especially those with pre-school and school contacts.

·         Any child between the age of 15months to 4yrs can be brought in for their second MMR – you do not need to wait until 4 yrs old.

·         We have vaccines available for these situations.

·         We are keen to talk to any families of un-vaccinated child and discuss their options again.


·         It is assumed that anyone born BEFORE 1969 will have immunity to measles as they were probably exposed to it in childhood

·         Anyone born between 1969 and 1992 will most likely have had 1 vaccine and can have another – currently our stock may not allow for this and 1 vacc will give pretty good cover anyway

·         Anyone after 1992 should have had 2 vaccines as per the national schedule

·         If you are not sure if you had a second vaccine and/or we do not have a record of it you can have a further single vaccine (in the form of the MMR)

MMR is the ONLY vaccine preparation for measles in NZ

ANYONE  - child or adult - who does not have confirmed immunity and who is exposed to a confirmed case of measles should remain at home for 2 weeks

ANYONE ringing or attending GBCH who is unwell with cold and fever should be isolated on arrival.  Cases of suspected measles MUST NOT sit in the waiting room.