Media Release 26 July 2019 | Under no circumstances has Counties Manukau Health considered requesting assistance from the NZ Defence Force.
The health and wellbeing of patients is our number one priority.
We can confirm that ambulances were temporarily diverted to Auckland District Health Board on Monday, 22 July, for two hours from 7.30pm-9.30pm due to the increased number of presentations to the Emergency Department at Middlemore Hospital. This was necessary as 16 nurses called in sick just before the beginning of the evening shift.
The decision to divert was to ensure that patients who were acutely unwell could be seen within appropriate timeframes. As a result, 17 patients were diverted, of which six were admitted to Auckland City Hospital.
The diversion also enabled patients already at our Emergency Department to be seen and allowed the hospital to bring in more nursing staff to support the opening of additional beds for patients requiring admission.