To help prevent rheumatic fever, free Sore Throat clinics are available at several Hutt Valley General Practices and Pharmacies.

About Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatic fever starts with a sore throat that is known as ‘strep throat’ – a throat infection caused by a bacteria called Group A Streptococcus.

Rheumatic fever is a serious but preventable illness. It mainly affects Māori and Pacific children and young people aged 4 to 19, especially if they have other family members who have had rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever starts with a sore throat called a strep throat– a throat infection caused by a bacteria called Group A Streptococcus.

Most strep throats get better and don’t lead to rheumatic fever. However, in a small number of people, an untreated strep throat develops into rheumatic fever, where their heart, joints (elbows and knees), brain and skin become inflamed and swollen.


Who can get a free sore throat check?

These free services are available to people at High Risk of developing rheumatic fever. This High-Risk group are:

  • Māori and Pacific children, youth and young adults, aged 4 to 19 years who normally live the Hutt Valley and are enrolled in a general practice in the Hutt Valley
  • Anyone else aged 4 to 19 years with a family history of rheumatic fever who is living in the Hutt Valley
  •  Low socioeconomic areas of the Hutt Valley or are living in crowded circumstances

You can go to your normal doctor or nurse to get a sore throat checked but you may have to pay a fee. You should phone your usual doctor and check.

What does the service provide?

A nurse or pharmacist will check your child’s sore throat, take their temperature and note other symptoms like a cough or runny nose.

Your child will be offered antibiotic treatment if their symptoms indicate a strep throat infection rather than a cold. Children/young adults with a sore throat caused by a cold usually have a cough, hoarseness, red eyes, and runny nose (usually not seen with strep throat). For this reason these children/young adults will not be offered antibiotic treatment.

Where are the free sore throat clinics?

 Location General Practice Service Available
After Hours Medical Centre

729 High Street, Lower Hutt

Monday to Friday | 6.00pm to 11.00pm
Saturday and Sunday |8.00am to 11.00pm
Epuni Medical Centre

102 Oxford Terrace, Lower Hutt

Monday to Friday | 8.30am to 5.00 pm
(appointment necessary)
Hutt City Health Centre

5 Raroa Road, Lower Hutt

Monday to Thursday | 8.00am to 7.00pm
Friday | 8.00am to 6.00pm (appointment necessary)
Hutt City Wainuiomata

5 Fitzherbert Road, Wainuiomata

Monday to Friday | 8.00am to 5.30pm
(appointment necessary)
Naenae Medical Centre

39 Treadwell Street, Naenae

Monday to Friday | 8.30am to 5.00pm
(appointment necessary)
Taita Medical Centre

1205 High Street, Lower Hutt

Monday to Friday | 8.30am to 5.00pm
(appointment necessary)
Stokes Valley Medical Centre

180 Stokes Valley Road, Stokes Valley

Monday to Friday | 9.00am to 5.30pm
(appointment necessary)
Whai Oranga Health Centre

7 The Strand, Wainuiomata

Monday to Friday | 8.30am to 5.00pm

 

Location Pharmacy Service Available
Clive’s Chemist

20-21 Queen St, Wainuiomata

Monday to Thursday |9.00am to 5.30pm
Friday | 9.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday | 9.00am to 2.00pm
Hutt City Pharmacy

1/5 Raroa Road, Lower Hutt

Monday to Friday | 8.30am to 6.00pm
Ian Schofer Unichem

Margaret Street, Lower Hutt

Monday to Friday I 9.00am to 5.30pm

Saturday I 9.30am to 4.00pm

Lagan’s Unichem Pharmacy

10 Main Street, Upper Hutt

Monday to Friday I 8.45am to 6.00pm

Saturday 9.00am to 1.00pm

Len Hooper Pharmacy

104 Oxford Terrace, Lower Hutt

Monday to Friday | 9.00am to 5.30pm
Moera Pharmacy

139 Randwick Road, Lower Hutt 

Monday to Friday | 9.00am to 5.30pm
Saturday | 9.30am to 12.30pm
Naenae Pharmacy

29 Hillary Court, Naenae

Monday to Friday | 8.30 am to 6.00pm
Saturday | 9.00am to 1.00pm
Queen Street Pharmacy

35 Queens Street, Upper Hutt

Monday to Friday I 9.00am to 9.00pm
Silverstream Pharmacy

Silverstream Village, Silverstream, Upper Hutt

Monday to Wednesday I 8.30am to 7.00pm

Thursday to Friday I 8.30am to 6.00pm

Saturday I 9.00am to 7.00pm

Taita Pharmacy

1206 High Street, Lower Hutt

Monday to Friday | 8.30am to 5.30pm
Saturday | 9.30am to 12.30pm
Unichem Maidstone Pharmacy

53 Main Street, Upper Hutt

Monday to Friday I 8.00am to 7.00pm

Saturday and Sunday I 9.00am to 4.00pm

Unichem Owles Pharmacy

45 Everest Avenue, Naenae

Monday to Friday | 8.30am to 6.00pm
Saturday |9.00am to 1.00pm
Unichem Upper Hutt Health Pharmacy

Upper Hutt Health Centre, Upper Hutt

Monday to Friday I 9.00am to 7.00pm

Saturday and Sunday I 9.00am to 5.00pm

Unichem Upper Hutt Pharmacy

723 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt

Monday to Friday I 8.30am to 6.30pm

Saturday and Sunday I 9.00am to 5.00pm

Wainuiomata Pharmacy

8 The Strand, Wainuiomata

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday | 8.30am to 5.30pm
Wednesday | 8.30am to 6.30pm
Saturday | 9.00am to 4.00pm
Sunday | 10.00am to 4.00pm
Woburn Pharmacy

66 Whites Line East, Waiwhetu

Monday to Friday I 9.00am to 5.30pm

Saturday I 9.30am to 12.00pm


For more information about the service contact:

Clinical Services Co-ordinator

Phone:04 5665320
Email:info@teahn.org.nz


For more information about Rheumatic Fever:

Go to the Ministry of Health website Rheumatic Fever