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A visit to whānau in hospital people would be especially welcome during the nurses’ strike

Tuesday 8 June 2021Canterbury DHB News2 minutes to read

Nurses, midwives and  healthcare workers’ strike,  June 9, 2021

Nurses, midwives and healthcare workers’ strike, June 9, 2021


Executive Director of Nursing for Canterbury DHB, Becky Hickmott says  “If you have a family member or support someone who will be in hospital on the day of the strike, you are welcome to spend extra time with them between 11am until 7pm this Wednesday, 9 June, when many NZNO members (nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants) across New Zealand will be on strike.”

“You’d also be most welcome to help with non-clinical tasks, but being there to support and reassure your family member or  the person you support is the most important thing,” she says.

 Hospital-based services in Canterbury will be severely affected but the Emergency Department, maternity services, emergency surgery, cancer care, the Renal Dialysis Unit and ambulances will all be operating.

While our focus will be on minimising the impact on patients, lower staffing levels will slow things down. Our staff would greatly appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. 

If you are unwell in Canterbury but it isn’t urgent phone your usual General Practice team for advice, day or night. Otherwise, access urgent care and emergency services as you usually would during the strike period.

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