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?

as at November 2019

Provider Address Hours
After Hours Medical Centre 729 High Street, Lower Hutt Monday to Friday | 6.00pm to 11.00pm
Saturday and Sunday | 8.00am to 11.00 pm
Epuni Medical Centre 102 Oxford Terrace, Lower Hutt Monday to Friday | 8.30am to 5.00 pm
(appt necessary)
High Street Health hub 577 High Street, Lower Hutt Monday to Friday |8.00am to 6.00pm
Hutt City Health Centre 5 Raroa Road, Lower Hutt Monday to Thursday | 8.00am to 7.00pm
Friday | 8.00am to 6.00pm
(appt necessary)
Hutt City Wainuiomata 5 Fitzherbert Road, Wainuiomata Monday to Friday | 8.00am to 5.30pm
(appt necessary)
Hutt Union Community Health Services Pomare Petone Taita 51 Farmer Crescent, Taita
451 Jackson Street, Petone
1205 High Street, Lower Hutt
Monday to Friday l 9.00am to 5.00pm
(appt necessary)
Naenae Medical Centre 39 Treadwell Street, Naenae Monday to Friday | 8.30am to 5.00pm
(appt necessary)
Stokes Valley Medical Centre 180 Stokes Valley Road, Stokes Valley Monday to Friday | 9.00am to 5.30pm
(appt necessary)
Upper Hutt Health Centre
(Acute after hours service)
Queen Street, Upper Hutt Monday to Friday l 8.00am to 8.00pm
Saturday and Sunday l 9.00am to 1pm, 2.00pm to 6.00pm
(appt necessary)
Whai Oranga Health Centre 7 The Strand, Wainuiomata Monday to Friday | 8.30am to 5.00pm
(appt necessary)
Clives’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
Life Pharmacy Queensgate Queensgate Mall
Lower Hutt
Monday to Wednesday I 8.30am to 6.00pm
Thursday to Friday I 8.30pm to 9.00pm
Saturday I 9.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday I 10.00am 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 |8.30am to 6.00pm
Saturday | 9.00am to 1.00pm
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 | 8.00am to 7.00pm
Saturday and Sunday | 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 Petone Pharmacy 240 Jackson Street,
Petone
Monday to Wednesday I 8.30am to 5.30pm
Thursday to Friday I 8.30pm to 6.00pm
Saturday to Sunday I 9.00am to 3.00pm
Unichem Upper Hutt Pharmacy 723 Fergusson Drive,
Upper Hutt
Monday to Friday | 8.30am to 6.30pm
Saturday and Sunday | 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
Waterloo Pharmacy 1 Trafalgar Square
Waterloo
Monday to Friday | 8.30am to 5.30pm
Saturday | 9.00am to 12.00pm
Woburn Pharmacy 66 Whites Line East
Waiwhetu
Monday to Friday I 9.00am to 5.30pm
Saturday  I 9.30am to 12.00pm

More information

For more information about the service contact:

Clinical Programmes Facilitator
Phone:04 5665320
Email: [email protected]


For more information about Rheumatic Fever:

Go to the Ministry of Health website Rheumatic Fever