Middlemore is busy and we are under pressure.
Winter has arrived and we are seeing an increase in flu and respiratory illnesses in our community. Our Hospital is extremely busy, and our own workforce illnesses and vacancies remain a challenge.
High patient numbers at Middlemore is normal for us however the pressure we are under is high for this time of year and we have staffing pressures that are adding to our challenges. We expect to remain this busy over the winter months and there are a number of things our community can do to help us.
Please get immunised against the flu virus. The rates of vaccination are worryingly low in Counties Manukau and this means many people in our community could become seriously ill this winter if they get the flu.
If you are feeling unwell or have changes in your health, please get medical advice early. This could mean going to your Doctor or simply calling Healthline on 0800 611 116.
Remember to keep up hygiene standards like washing hands regularly, cleaning frequently touched surfaces like door handles and benches, and items like your phone often. Please wear your face mask in public places and stay home from work or school if you are feeling unwell.
It is no secret that the health system is facing workforce shortages. We’re constantly looking for people to join us and work in our place where your mahi matters. Our vacancies are advertised here - please come work with us and help make a difference to our community.
I’d also like to reach out to any recently retired or experienced health care workers currently employed in other sectors to consider a return to Health. We need you and we want you back. Email our recruitment team with any questions. Please, we mean it and need the right people back.
Finally, we ask what we do every year, and that is to keep our Emergency Department free for life threatening emergencies. We will refer people from our Emergency Department to local medical centres who do not require hospital level care so that anyone in our community who needs urgent medical care will receive it.
Please stay well this winter.
Kia haumaru te noho i teenei takurua.
Dr Andrew Connolly
Chief Medical Officer