Southern DHB Preparing For NZRDA Strike, Contacting Affected Patients Directly

Jan 10, 2019
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Southern DHB continues to plan for the two-day strike by members of the New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (NZRDA), due to take place on Tuesday 15 January and Wednesday 16 January.

Non-urgent, planned surgeries and some outpatient appointments will be postponed and rescheduled as a result of the strike action.

Patients whose surgeries and procedures are being postponed will be contacted directly by phone, text or letter by Southern DHB staff.

The strike will impact many health care services across the district, including Wakari Hospital, Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Lakes District Hospital and all community based health services where NZRDA junior doctors employed by SDHB are working.

Hospitals remain open during the strike and will continue to provide essential and urgent services including emergency departments, acute surgery, intensive care, cancer treatments, maternity services, renal dialysis, and wards, at reduced capacity.

“Patient safety is our priority and we will do all we can to limit disruption, but some planned surgeries and outpatient clinics and appointments will, unfortunately, have to be postponed due to the strike action by NZRDA members,” says Chris Fleming, Chief Executive, Southern DHB.

“We sincerely regret having to defer any appointments and apologise to affected patients. Staff will work to rebook patients as quickly as possible, but it will take time.

“I’d like to thank our clinical and other staff for their hard work preparing for this strike and for ensuring that essential services continue to be available.”

For urgent care during the strike, patients should go to the ED or dial 111 for emergencies. Where possible, however, they should contact their general practice or urgent doctors for non-emergencies. Healthline – 0800-611 116 – continues to be available for medical advice.

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