Elective surgery cancelled at Christchurch Hospital for tomorrow

Monday July 25, 2011

​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.

“If you have problems getting in to work please let us know as we may be able to assist with 4WD volunteers who are helping to get essential staff to and from work.  It’s important that you contact your manager as soon as possible,” Mr Meates said.

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