Free sore throat clinic services are offered in areas where there is a high incidence of rheumatic fever.
What is a sore throat clinic?
A sore throat clinic makes it easier for at-risk children and young people to get their sore throats checked and treated. At a sore throat clinic you can get your sore throat checked on the same day and receive free antibiotics if you need them.
Who can get free sore throat clinic checks?
- Māori and Pacific children and young people aged 4-19 years.
- 4-19 year olds living in areas with the highest measure of neighbourhood deprivation (NZ Deprivation Index Quintile 5).
- 3-35 year old household contacts (with a sore throat) of someone who has been treated for a strep throat infection.
Where can you find free sore throat clinics?
They are in parts of Northland, Auckland, Lakes, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne/East Coast, Hawke’s Bay, Porirua and the Hutt Valley. See the list below.
You can also call Healthline on 0800 611 116 to find a sore throat clinic near you.
Your child’s school may have a sore throat checking programme in place too (contact the school to find out). This service is free.
Other places you can get a sore throat checked
- You can go to your normal doctor or nurse. You may have to pay a fee; you can phone ahead to check.
- Phoning your local general practice/family doctor for advice is one of the best ways to access the right care at the right time. Even if you call your practice overnight or outside of their normal opening hours, there are systems in place that provide nurse-led telephone services to help you sort out what you need and give health advice and practice information (such as opening hours).