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Update re Gisborne Hospital

Update re Gisborne Hospital

A statement from Jim Green, Chief executive of Tairawhiti District Health Board.

Gisborne Hospital is functioning and able to receive and admit patients. No patients were injured during the earthquake and all patients are safe.

If anyone is seriously ill or injured, they should come to the hospital, however people with minor injuries or ailments are being asked to wait and see their GPs tomorrow.

The hospital is operating under its Emergency Plan with senior staff at the hospital or on standby to manage any patient demand - so far there have been no admissions with injuries resulting from the earthquake.

Gisborne Hospital lost power for about 30 to 40 minutes, but that has now been restored. Some damage was sustained with water damage to one ward. It is believed that the hospital's water reservoir tanks may have been damaged and these are being inspected.

The hospital will be trying to discharge patients back to their homes if it safe to do so and is asking family and relatives of patients to be prepared.

A communication centre has been established at Gisborne Hospital and can be reached by ringing the hospital main switchboard: 06 869 0500. The Communications contact is Karen Lorigan


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