Canterbury District Health Board has cancelled
all elective surgery and outpatient clinics at Christchurch and Burwood
Hospitals tomorrow morning – only some urgent cases (such as cancer surgery) are
going ahead. Those patients whose surgery is proceeding are being contacted.
Canterbury DHB chief executive David Meates says
the status of roads and parking is making travel for incoming and outgoing
patients difficult and in some cases hazardous.
“We will review the situation in the morning and
decided whether or not to proceed with tomorrow’s pre-booked afternoon surgery
and outpatient clinics. At this stage it’s only urgent and emergency surgery
that will take place tomorrow morning.”
Most general practice teams are open for
business – if you’re unsure phone your usual GP. If it’s after-hours, a nurse
will answer your call and provide advice.
The Emergency Department at Christchurch
Hospital is open. The public are advised to take care when coming to the ED as
the roads and entrance to the department are slippery – grit has been put down
to minimise the problem.
Mr Meates says all staff, particularly front-line clinical staff, are asked to contact
their manager to let them know whether or not they will be able to get to work.
“Our hospitals are an essential
service and continue to operate 24/7 – we need as many clinical staff as
possible to help provide care,” he says.
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