Contracted GP practices are providing free drop in services for both enrolled and non-enrolled eligible patients. Secondary school based health clinics, out of hours medical centres and selected pharmacies and Pathlab sites are also providing services.
Eligibility criteria for the free sore throat rapid response service:
- Must have a sore throat
- Must be 4 – 19 years of age
- Must either be:
- Maori or Pacific Island child OR
- Non-Maori, non-Pacific child living in an NZdep quintile five area
Note: If an eligible child has a positive GAS result any symptomatic household members aged 3 – 35 years also become eligible for free throat swabbing and treatment
Alternatively, in a GP practice, the patient’s address can be entered into Medtech, and an NZDep rating will be generated. If the patient is NZDep 9 or 10, they are eligible to receive free swabbing and treatment.
If patients are not eligible, they can still be swabbed and treated at their cost. If they are not eligible, they are not considered at risk to develop rheumatic fever.