Counties Manukau Health is expecting to have some of our services impacted by the proposed industrial action by Medical Imaging Technologists (Radiographers) who are members of the APEX union.

Full withdrawals of labour being undertaken by MIT (Radiographers) & Sonographers as follows:

  • MIT (Radiographers): 7am Wednesday 30th October – 7am Thursday 31st October (Full Withdrawal of Labour)
  • MIT (Radiographers): 7am Friday 1st November – 7am Saturday 2nd November (Full Withdrawal of Labour)

Partial strike action being undertaken by MIT (Radiographers) & Psychologists as follows: 

  • MIT (Radiographers):  7.01am Tuesday 29th October– 6.59am Wednesday 30th October
  • MIT (Radiographers):  7.01am Thursday 31st October– 6.59am Friday 1st November
  • MIT (Radiographers):  7am Monday 4th November – 7am Tuesday 5th November

Medical Imaging Technologists (Radiographers) are a highly valued part of our workforce, committed to caring for our patients.  Counties Manukau Health respects their right to take industrial action and know the decision to take industrial action is a difficult one for individuals to make.

As a result, if industrial action proceeds, non-urgent, outpatient/elective services and services requiring imaging may be affected. 

Urgent and acute imaging services will be available throughout the strike including walk-in urgent chest x-rays.  Our priority is supporting patient safety through this period.

Planning for Strike Action

We have contingency plans in place to provide essential and life preserving services. This is on-going and continuous.

  • Most hospital services will continue to run as per usual apart from non-urgent inpatient imaging and the postponement of some surgical procedures requiring imaging.
  • Most elective services will continue as normal except some operations will be deferred, outpatient clinics closed and appointments rescheduled.

During the strike period, people should not delay seeking medical treatment. If you are, or may be, seriously unwell you should still come to ED. If you have a condition that is not urgent or severe, you should contact your GP, or visit a local pharmacy. If it is an emergency, call 111 immediately.

You can also call Primary Options for Acute Care (POAC) on 09 535 7218 for access to a range of coordinated services to prevent unplanned and avoidable acute hospital attendances.

For FREE health advice 24 hours a day, call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

Services That Will Remain Open on Strike Day

  • All Middlemore Hospital Wards and Acute Services including Emergency Department.
  • All Maternity and Birthing Services
  • All Mental Health Services
  • Manukau Surgery Centre
  • Manukau Super Clinic
  • All outpatient clinics that are not imaging dependent
  • Franklin Memorial Hospital, Pukekohe
  • Pukekohe Hospital
  • Auckland Spinal Unit
  • National Burns Service
OUTPATIENT CLINICS AND INPATIENT ELECTIVE SURGERY WILL BE AFFECTED

In the interests of patient safety, some clinics and surgical procedures requiring imaging will be postponed to the earliest available time.

Patients

If your outpatient appointment or inpatient surgical appointment is likely to be affected by possible strike action you should have been contacted and your appointment rescheduled to the earliest available date.

If you are uncertain if you are affected, please contact:

Help Desk 0800 277 1661 or Email: customerservice@superclinic.co.nz

If you experience difficulty calling through on strike day, please call the 0800 line again and/or send an email to customerservice@superclinic.co.nz

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Questions and Answers

Which services at Counties Manukau Health are impacted?

This strike has the potential to impact non-urgent health services offered by Counties Manukau Health.

Non-urgent and elective surgery health services requiring imaging will be impacted and some appointments have to be rescheduled until after the strike action.

Will the Emergency Department be open?

The Emergency Department at Middlemore Hospital will be open and we are here if you need us. 

However, if people experience a condition that is not urgent or severe please contact Healthline on 0800 611 116 or their GP in the first instance.

How will I know if my appointment has changed? 

We have contacted all patients whose elective or non-urgent procedures are affected directly by telephone, text or letter.  

Any patients who remain unclear should call our toll free number 0800 277 1661.

When will patients’ appointments be rescheduled to? 

All appointments, clinics, procedures and operations have been rescheduled to the nearest possible appointment. The length of time between rescheduled appointments will vary and we will endeavour to reschedule those affected by the strike to the first available clinic or theatre list. 

What should I do if I become unwell during the strike?

The Emergency Department at Middlemore Hospital will be open and we are here if you need us.

However, if people experience a condition that is not urgent or severe please contact Healthline on 0800 611 116 or their GP in the first instance.  

A full list of after hours clinics is available here

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