News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Earthquake Media Update Three - Canterbury DHB

22 February 2010

Earthquake Media Update Three – Canterbury District Health Board

Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) chief executive officer David Meates said this evening that Christchurch Hospital emergency department was extremely busy, but staff were coping admirably.

Ten additional nurses have arrived from Ashburton with further staff due to arrive overnight from neighbouring DHBs. Other relief staff from around the country are being coordinated through the Ministry of Health’s National Health Coordination Centre.

Ten ICU patients have been transferred to Auckland. Contingency plans are in place with neighbouring DHBs to transfer other patients as appropriate. “Wherever possible we are making space for an influx of seriously ill and injured patients over the coming days,” he said.

“The Emergency Department is seeing many patients with lacerations, crush injuries, fractures, fractures, spinal injuries and serious wounds as a result of the quake. The cardiology and maternity units are also busy.

Burwood Hospital, Hillmorton and Princess Margaret Hospital are all operating – however all have issues with water supply and sewage. Bottled water is available for staff and patients and portaloos are being put in place.

Four aged care facilities have been severely damaged and a decision will be made tomorrow on rehousing residents.

People with mild to moderate injuries (and who are able to walk) should visit the 24 hour medical centre in Bealey Avenue, and save the Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department for the seriously ill

PUBLIC HEALTH MESSAGES

Conserve water - Any water from tap should be boiled. If you don’t have electricity, three drops of household bleach in a litre of water will make it safe for drinking.

If your toilet flushes, flush it, but if it doesn’t don’t use your toilet.

Make sure that when you are inside, wear shoes, due to broken glass

A CALL TO CHRISTCHURCH GPs

Christchurch GPs who are able to open their practices tomorrow are asked to text Dr John Coughlan on 0274 316 986 to advise of their availability. Dr Coughlan stressed that it was important GPs text him rather than phone, as calls were not always getting through.

Once we know which practices are open we will let the public know.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Rushing For Gold

The first section focuses particularly on the Victorian connections – commercial, legal, mining and personal, including migration statistics. But for me the most interesting chapters were in the middle sections about the people of the goldfields. More>>

Comedy Festival Review: VOTE BATT

The political campaigning in the US over the last eight months or so has provided a stark insight into how far political candidates are willing to go. This background came into focus as “former comedian” – now politician – Tim Batt ushered people up into the front seats, passing out badges and taking photographs with his not entirely adoring public... More>>

HRH QEII's 90th: New Zealand Post Birthday Stamps Fit For A Queen

New Zealand Post is celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday with a special series of stamps and a limited edition silver coin. The Queen was born on 21 April 1926. To mark her birthday, New Zealand Post has produced ‘lenticular’ or moving stamps that feature nine different images of the Queen on just three stamps. More>>

ALSO:

Anzac Day: A Time To Stand Against Hatred

The Human Rights Commission says ANZAC Day is a time for New Zealanders to remember those things our grandparents stood for and stand up against intolerance and prejudice. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news