Contingency planning is well underway at MidCentral DHB to ensure that all emergency and acute services continue during the planned strike by members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association.
During the strike from 7am, 18 October until 7am, 20 October, Palmerston North Hospital will continue to provide full emergency and acute services, as well as all scheduled cancer treatment services (radiation therapy and chemotherapy).
MDHB’s acting chief executive Mike Grant, is assuring the community that priority services will continue to be provided.
He said: “We will continue to provide emergency and acute services during this time, with patient safety being at the forefront of everything we do. This means that the emergency department will still be fully operational for anyone requiring emergency care.
“While everything is being done to minimise the impact on patients, other elective or planned work, such as outpatient clinics and scheduled, non-acute surgery, unfortunately has to be postponed. This is to ensure the hospital has sufficient medical staff cover for emergency and acute services. Those affected by the changes are being notified by letter and phone.
“To help, we are asking people visit their GP for any non-emergency health issues experienced during the strike period. We realise that this will cause inconvenience for our community, and appreciate their goodwill and support as we work to get through this strike with minimal disruption.”
Any patients who have queries related to this can ring 0800 PNHOSP (764 677) with any questions.
Contact: Communications Unit (06) 350-8945