WDHB update on this week's RMO strike

17 October 2016
As the junior doctors’ strike approaches, Whanganui District Health Board chief executive Julie Patterson is asking the public to please remember that Whanganui Hospital’s Emergency Department is for emergencies only.

“Because anyone presenting with a non-urgent illness or injury may face long delays, it’s better to go to your family doctor when symptoms first appear, rather than becoming seriously ill and needing emergency services," Mrs Patterson says.

Meanwhile, the WDHB has confirmed that during the two-day strike from 7am tomorrow (18 October) to 7am Thursday (20 October) a full range of emergency and acute services, plus as many elective services as can safely be provided, will be available.

“I can assure the Whanganui community that the DHB’s contingency planning has gone well and that our staff are pulling together to minimise the level of disruption felt by patients and the public,” Mrs Patterson says.

“We really appreciate our senior doctors' assistance and will be doing all we can to support them.

“Unfortunately, we are having to reschedule some elective surgery and outpatients clinics booked for those two days. We have informed those patients affected.

“I want to stress that all decisions regarding rescheduling of appointments and surgery have been made with patient safety foremost in our minds, and that patient safety will continue to be a top priority for us during the strike period.”

Any residents who have concerns regarding service provision leading up to, and during the strike, are welcome to  contact the hospital operator on 06 348 1234.