Published Thursday 5 Jul 2018
Hutt Valley DHB is committed to supporting its nurses with their right to strike and is putting plans in place to manage patient care as safely as we can on the days the strike may take place.This will be very challenging for us as our expectation is that almost all nurses will be on strike.
We have been planning for the strikes including minimising outpatient appointments on the strike days, postponing clinics and non-acute surgery, and we will be carefully discharging before the strikes as many hospital patients as possible who don’t need acute care.
Care for patients who absolutely need to be in hospital at the time will be carried out by Hutt Valley DHB volunteers overseen by a small number of nurses.
As we will be focusing our resources on acute patient care, family and visitors of patients in the hospital could be asked to help with basic care tasks on the days of the strike.
Members of the general public can greatly help us on these days by seeking health advice through their usual channels - phoning Healthline 0800 611 116, or seeking help from your GP first - rather than presenting yourself at our Emergency Department, unless it is an emergency – a threat to life, vision or limbs.
Dial 111 for emergencies. They have professionals who will work out the best thing to do.
The DHB has been in contact directly with other health providers such as aged residential care and GPs to help best-manage patient flows during this time, and we appreciate their support.
At this stage we are not seeking general volunteers from the community.
The following services will still be provided on strike days:
acute care for patients in wards unable to be discharged
acute mental health care
maternity delivery services.
For more information see our Acting Chief Executive Dale Oliff's video message on our Facebook page.