Clinical News with Dr Andrew Connolly

Kia Ora Tatou

Counties Manukau was lucky enough to weather Cyclone Gabrielle pretty well. There was no major damage to our facilities, and we maintained strong staff levels despite the disruptions -  a great credit to all staff.

At a regional level we’ve been making progress on some new initiatives which will see a sharing of some resources with our neighbours, Auckland and Waitematā.  For example, Waitematā has assisted with anaesthetic technicians so, those waiting for treatment may notice some benefit as these regional plans go forward.

On the public health front, there have been reports of a measles case in our district. This is a timely reminder of the need to be aware of the symptoms of this potentially very harmful disease.

It is important we are all familiar with what measles looks like and check the immunisation status of tamariki in particular. Further information can be found here.  

Locally, here at Counties Manukau we are working hard on what we call Acute Flow – making smoother transitions between the community and our health and hospital services. Our Clinical Director, Acute Critical and Central Services, Jeremy Dryden is leading this important work.

We are also working hard at supporting our patients in getting to their appointments with us. As this work proceeds, we ask patients to help us by letting us know if you can’t come to an outpatient clinic.  If you call us, we can help you to reschedule.

Finally, we want to remind you of the options available when you are sick or injured - especially if it’s not an emergency.

More information on where to go to get the right care for your condition can be found here.

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