Assessing and keeping patients and staff safe in Middlemore is a constant focus, especially in COVID times. Emergency Department Service Manager Tracey Mitchell says one of the successes has been the COVID triage tent to assess people as they arrive at our Emergency Department.
Over the last two weeks we have experienced a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in our community and admissions to our hospital. Just like all employers in New Zealand our workforce is impacted by the current Omicron surge.
Due to the impacts of the Omicron surge some outpatient appointments may be delayed. You will be offered another appointment as soon as we are able to do so.
Omicron cases are increasing throughout our rohe and our Community Health Service are not immune to its impacts. We are experiencing some staff shortages due team members becoming unwell, being required to self-isolate as a close contact, or having to look after unwell dependents.
With Auckland’s move to the orange ‘traffic light’ setting proposed to come into place Thursday, 30 December our visiting policy will remain largely the same as under the red setting. All patients will be supported to nominate two registered whaanau (Kaitiaki/partners in care), preferably from the same bubble.
Our nursing workforce of over 4900 Aucklanders have again delivered outstanding patient care across multiple settings and touchpoints throughout Counties Manukau Health.
As the yearend approaches, I’d like to pay tribute to the extraordinary team at Counties Manukau Health. Since this COVID-19 Delta outbreak began in August, our DHB has had the most cases in New Zealand and Middlemore has had over 500 admissions of COVID-19 patients.
Counties Manukau Health is relieved to see vaccination rates continue to rise and as the Government signals an easing of public health restriction settings, we urge the community to remain vigilant, continue to follow the rules, and get fully vaccinated.
You’ve seen the news. You’ve heard the call out for New Zealanders to get vaccinated. The message from Middlemores clinical team is clear - please get vaccinated to avoid hospital admission and help prevent life threatening complications from COVID-19 related illnesses.