Changes in Fees for Children Under 13 at Whanganui Accident and Medical

In recent months, particularly during the month of July, the Whanganui Accident and Medical (WAM) clinic has experienced increasing numbers of patients presenting.  There are various reasons for this, including seasonal illnesses, such as colds and flu.  This trend is expected to continue throughout August and September and as a result, patients may experience considerable waiting times at WAM.  Peak times in the clinic are Monday’s and Friday’s, between the hours of 9am and 4pm. 

Do you know the difference between a cold and flu?

While Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) recognises that winter illnesses can be very unpleasant, Health promotion officer Chester Penaflor says feeling unwell doesn’t always require a visit to the doctor.

Concerned by reports that people are seeking medical help from their doctor, Whanganui Accident & Medical (WAM) and Whanganui Hospital’s Emergency Department for common colds, Mr Penaflor says it’s important people understand the difference between a cold and the flu.

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