Auckland DHB prepares to reduce services ahead of NZNO industrial action

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Auckland DHB is preparing to close many of the non-essential services provided at Auckland City Hospital, Starship Hospital and Greenlane Clinical Centre between 7am Thursday 12 July and 7am Friday 13 July due to the impact of a nationwide strike by nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.

Auckland City Hospital and Starship Hospital will continue to operate essential services such as emergency departments, emergency surgery and maternity care throughout the strike. Plans are in place to provide care for patients who need to be admitted to hospital or to extend their stay in hospital, and patient safety remains the DHB’s top priority.

Some services provided by Auckland DHB will close before the date of the strike to ensure the number of patients in hospital is as low as possible, so that care can be provided safely.

“We will be able to maintain only essential services during the strike and many outpatient clinics will be closed,” said Chief Executive Ailsa Claire. 

“We will still provide services defined as life preserving, and this includes some essential outpatient services such as cancer treatments. We ask that patients come to their scheduled appointment unless we have contacted them directly to say their appointment is being rescheduled.

“During the strike period, if you need hospital care or have an emergency, please call 111 immediately. Hospital services will be here for everyone who needs them.”

“If your condition is not urgent or severe please contact your GP in the first instance where possible. Free medical advice is also available as usual 24/7 through Healthline, phone 0800 HEALTHLINE (0800 611 116).

Important information for the public:

  • Please still come to any scheduled appointments on July 12 unless you have been contacted directly by one of our hospital team to reschedule your appointment. 
  • If you need medical attention during the strike and your condition is not urgent or severe, contact your GP or call Healthline (as usual) for free medical advice 24/7.  
  • If you need urgent medical attention and it is an emergency, do not hesitate to call 111 immediately. Hospital services will be here for everyone who needs them.
  • Thank you for your understanding and patience.

For more information, refer to our NZNO Industrial Action - Information for patients and whānau page.

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