Nurses strike - 'hospitals running smoothly'


12 July 2018

The nurses strike has got off to a reasonably smooth start at Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals, a media release from Lakes District Health Board says.


Many staff with clinical background who hold non-clinical roles are back on the wards today, along with volunteers.  Lakes DHB has a full roster of Life Preserving Services responders but there is little capacity to deal with unexpected activity.  Only members of the NZNO who are on the roster as Life Preserving Services responders are on the site, along with union members who have chosen to come to work.


Lakes DHB Incident Controller for emergency management at Lakes DHB, Gary Lees says actions that have been planned for over the past few months are now place.


He is warning that services may take a little longer, but care will still be provided, and patient safety is a priority.


The hospitals are operating as they would at the weekend or on a public holiday, and the doors to the inpatient areas will only be opened in line with visiting hours, 11am to 1.30pm and then 4pm-8pm.  Family members acting as official support members for their loved one in hospital have access, as do visitors to maternity and children in hospital, but there is a procedure in place to enable access where it is needed.


Gary Lees says these security measures are all part of ensuring the hospital runs as smoothly as possible, protecting the health and safety of both patients and those staff working today.


Gary Lees says patient numbers and the level of sickness amongst patients remains quite high as is typical for this time of year.  Limited beds are available in the hospital.


Dialysis patients are receiving treatment today at Rotorua.  Chemotherapy patients have been moved to other days of the week unless it is essential for treatments to occur today.


All elective surgery and outpatient clinics have been postponed for today.  The only clinics operating will be for urgent antenatal presentations and urgent fracture patients. 


Emergency Departments at Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals are open for emergencies.  Please do not come to the ED if you have a minor health issue –visit your family doctor/ community emergency clinics, or contact the telephone health service, Healthline 0800 611 116.

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