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Counties Manukau Health is expecting to have some of our ultrasound services impacted by the planned industrial action by Sonographers who are members of the APEX union.

Partial strike action is being undertaken for 12 weeks from 7am Saturday 18 January 2020 – 7am Saturday 11 April 2020.

As a result, some outpatient services requiring ultrasound imaging may be affected. 

Urgent and acute ultrasound services will be available throughout the strike.  Our priority is supporting patient safety through this period.

Planning for Strike Action

We have contingency plans in place for the Sonographers Strike and the majority of our health services will not be affected.

During the strike period, people should not delay seeking medical treatment. If you are seriously unwell you should still come to ED.

If you have a condition that is not urgent or severe, you should contact your GP, or visit a local pharmacy. If it is an emergency, call 111 immediately.

You can also call Primary Options for Acute Care (POAC) on 09 535 7218 for access to a range of coordinated services to prevent unplanned and avoidable acute hospital attendances.

For FREE health advice 24 hours a day, call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

OUTPATIENT CLINICS WILL BE AFFECTED

In the interest of patient safety, some clinics requiring scans will be postponed to the earliest available time.

Patients

If your outpatient appointment is likely to be affected by strike action, you will be contacted and your appointment rescheduled to the earliest available date.

If you are uncertain if you are affected, please contact our toll free number, 0800 277 1661. 

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Questions and Answers

Which services at Counties Manukau Health are impacted?

While the strike action taken Sonographers is not a full withdrawal of labour, some of our services will be affected, in particular, patients attending clinics who require a general or cardiac ultrasound scan.

Our priority is the provision of urgent and acute care to those who need it.

Will the Emergency Department be open?

Yes, the Emergency Department at Middlemore Hospital will be open and we are here if you need us. However, if people experience a condition that is not urgent or severe please contact Healthline on 0800 611 116 or their GP in the first instance.

How will I know if my appointment has changed? 

Patients whose appointments have been rescheduled will be contacted directly and we will aim to reschedule all appointments to the next available date.  Unless patients are contacted by one of the team at Counties Manukau Health, they should attend their appointment as scheduled.

Any patients who remain unclear should call our toll free number 0800 277 1661 or their GP in the first instance.

When will patients’ appointments be rescheduled to? 

All appointments will be rescheduled to the nearest possible appointment. The length of time between rescheduled appointments will vary and we will endeavour to reschedule those affected by the strike to the first available clinic list.

What should I do if I become unwell during the strike?

The Emergency Department at Middlemore Hospital will be open and we are here if you need us.  However, if people experience a condition that is not urgent or severe please contact Healthline on 0800 611 116 or their GP in the first instance.  

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