Service Update 20 May 2020

Tēnā koutou e ngā ringa rehe, e ngā ringa raka i tu kaha ai ki te mahi pono rawa!

Ara, mahia te mahi! Tihei Mauri ora!

It is a reassuring to see that the COVID -19 pandemic approach is going positively in Aotearoa, and that we are moving through the alert levels in a predictable way. As we head into Level 2 and return to PW work places, we are putting arrangements in place to ensure our workplaces are safe, including hygiene practices, appropriate PPE if needed and physical distancing.

Like many other businesses Purapura Whetu has had to respond and adapt quickly to the Covid-19 changes required to maintain the health and safety of both our staff and our clients. What we can do is prepare for each level of the response and work to understand what is required to keep our staff safe while still maintaining the highest possible standard of care for whānau. You and your whānau matter so it’s a priority for us that you to have the flexibility to tend to your whānau, and have the emotional and practical support you need.

Our office sites at 166 St Asaph Street and the Philipstown Hub will be open to the public from Monday 25th May 2020.

Te Oranga Day Activities and Te Oriori face to face group programmes will be revised for lower participant numbers and re-commence shortly. The teams have been developing some online alternatives. You may be involved or have
noted some activity on social media platforms, please support these kaupapa.
We will continue to make maximum use of our IT capability to maintain connection with each other and whānau. Kaimahi will be available in person, via phone or virtually.

Health and Safety practice Overview:
Below are procedures we are putting in place:

Signs of illness:
If a staff member or client has been or is feeling unwell, they should stay at home until they are feeling well again.

Staff and client sanitation:
– Hand sanitiser dispensers are set up at all sign in stations. You are required to use these when signing in and out of the premises.
– Information posters on safe entry and physical distancing are displayed at entranceways and around the premises.
Safe hygiene practices are to be followed. This includes physical distancing whenever possible.
– Cleaning equipment and hand sanitiser is available in all workplace areas for staff, service users and contractors.
– If you are travelling in a vehicle with a staff member, you will be required to be seated in the back and may be offered a face mask.

COVID-19 Screen prior to Face-to-Face contact:
Before any in-person contact is undertaken, all clients and whānau will be screened and you may be asked whether you or anyone in your household has had or currently have any symptoms of Covid-19.
Symptoms include:
– A cough
– A high temperature (at least 38°C)
– Shortness of breath
– Sore throat
– Sneezing and runny nose
– Temporary loss of smell

If you are have symptoms of Covid-19, please free phone Healthline on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor immediately.