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FRIDAY 29 MARCH - Update from Christchurch Hospital

Friday 29 March 2019 – 9:30am

Please attribute comment to David Meates, Chief Executive, Canterbury District Health Board

A total of 22 people remain in hospitals following the mosque attacks on Friday 15 March.

20 people admitted on 15 March remain in hospitals across Christchurch. Three are still in a critical condition in Christchurch Hospital’s intensive care unit. One is being treated at Burwood Hospital.

A 4-year-old girl is in a critical but stable condition in Starship Hospital in Auckland. Her father is in a stable condition nearby in Auckland City Hospital.

Christchurch Hospital continues to be extremely busy, especially our Emergency Department which is experiencing a significant increase in patient volumes.

So that we can provide the best possible care for the large numbers of acutely unwell patients we are seeing, please phone your general practice team first if you need medical assistance – unless it’s an emergency. Call your usual general practice team number day and night. After-hours follow the instructions on the answerphone and a nurse will advise what to do and where to go if it’s urgent and you need to be seen right away.

Additional Information:

For a mix of health information you can trust, including factsheets on different topics and descriptions of local health services and supports visit HealthInfo.

Victim Support have information on Coping after the Christchurch mosques terrorist attacks.

Anyone who needs additional support can call or text 1737 to speak with a trained counsellor. This service is free of charge for everyone and is available 24/7.

There are other resources available online:

Ministry of Health resource – Coping after a traumatic event
Mental Health Education and Resource Centre ­ – Helping children cope

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