Members of New Zealand Nurses Organisation are now taking strike action for 24 hours from 7am today until 7am Friday 13 July.
What you need to know:
Hawke’s Bay Hospital is very busy.
Additional Life Preserving Services (LPS) have been requested by the district health board to New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), for more nurses to help provide additional care for some hospital wards.
Some Hawke’s Bay Hospital wards are experiencing high demand due to the number of very sick patients needing more care. This request has been agreed by NZNO.
People should not delay seeking medical treatment or going to hospital if the matter is urgent. They should dial 111 for emergencies or an ambulance.
People with non-urgent injuries and illnesses are urged to seek medical help from a pharmacy, GP, medical and urgent care centre, or call Healthline 0800 611 116 and leave the Emergency Department for emergencies only.
More staff will be working from Hastings Health Centre, The Doctors Hastings, City Medical Napier and The Doctors Napier, today.
A full list of GPs and pharmacies and their opening hours is available from www.ourhealthhb.nz .
Maternity services remain open and labouring women should present to Maternity as normal.
Staff are very grateful for the support they are receiving from volunteers, who are helping to assist with care for patients.