Media Release 13 December 2019|Counties Manukau Health is urging the community to be patient as Middlemore Hospital continues to respond to the Whaakari/White Island volcanic eruption tragedy.
“As our community will appreciate, the Whakaari/White Island incident has had a significant impact on hospitals across the country and, as host of the National Burns Service, the demands on the Burns Unit at Middlemore Hospital has been immense,” says CM Health Clinical Director ED, Dr Vanessa Thornton.
“The demand has put stress on a number of our services and, as a result, we’ve been exploring how we can continue to provide excellent quality care to all of our patients, whilst responding to this unprecedented tragedy.”
Counties Manukau Health is working collaboratively with the other Auckland metro DHB partners (Auckland DHB and Waitemata DHB) on what assistance may be available to help ease the pressure on elective surgeries, critical care and the Burns Unit at Middlemore Hospital.
“We are asking for our community’s understanding as pressure on Middlemore Hospital could result in some of our patients being referred to other metro hospitals for their care, for a short time,” says Dr Thornton.
“This includes some general elective surgery and orothopaedic fracture patients. We appreciate the response to Whakaari/White Island will have an impact on other hospitals and we thank our partner DHBs for their support at this time.”
Dr Thornton adds that patients who do not need urgent care can see their local GP or visit an Accident and Medical clinic, which can also provide support outside of work hours and over the weekend.