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

 


DHB Update on Emergency Support to Christchurch Earthquake

Thursday 24 February 2011


Media Update on Emergency Support to Christchurch Earthquake

Issued on behalf of:
Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB)
Auckland District Health Board (ADHB)
Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB)
Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS)
Northland District Health Board (NDHB)

This media update is provided to respond to the volume of media enquiries related to Christchurch earthquake and emergency response support being provided by the three Auckland DHBs and Northland in the Auckland region. Please do not call during this emergency support phase as we will endeavour to provide information via regular media updates. Each organisation’s Incident Management Team continues to work closely to support Canterbury at this time.

Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB)

• Transfer of 35 home dialysis patients last night went well and following assessment they were housed in motel accommodation.
• Working closely with Auckland, Waitemata and Northland District Health Boards on the home-based care of dialysis patients from Christchurch. They are being shared around the region today for dialysis over the next 48 hours and then reviewed. Some may go to Northland. This plan is in place for two weeks.
• Two orthopaedic patients have been transferred to Middlemore Hospital.
• A few more beds available than yesterday.
• An Emergency Operations Centre has been set up to co-ordinate CMDHB’s response to the Christchurch disaster.
• Elective surgery is continuing as usual.
• Many, many staff including doctors, nurses and community GPs have registered as being available to help if needed in Christchurch.

Auckland District Health Board
• A total of six patients from Christchurch have been admitted to Auckland Hospital and Starship Hospital.
• Six general surgery nurses with paediatric and adult medical experience left for Christchurch early this morning. These nurses are in addition to the three ICU specialists already dispatched.
• Elective surgery has resumed in Auckland City Hospital.
• ADHB's Incident Management Team continues to work closely with the national agencies that are co-ordinating the response effort.

Waitemata District Health Board
• Waitakere Hospital is expecting 12 dialysis patients (part of the 35 from CMDHB) today.
• Three Intensive Care Unit registered nurses were sent to Christchurch yesterday.
• Elective surgery continues as normal at North Shore Hospital and Waitakere Hospital.
• An Emergency Operations Centre has been set up to co-ordinate WDHB’s response to the Christchurch disaster – headed by Dr Jocelyn Peach.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS)
• ARPHS has activated its Incident Management Team. Staff deployment co-ordination and prioritisation to assist Christchurch public health is at an advanced stage of planning in consultation with the Ministry of Health.
• Medical Officer of Health has been deployed to Christchurch today.
• Staff deployment plan is in place for medical officers, medical officers of health, public health nurses and health protection officers.
• ARPHS is working with the National Health Co-ordination Centre (NHCC) and our regional health colleagues to co-ordinate any support requirements based on the Christchurch health sector needs.
• We are grateful to the high number of staff who have volunteered to assist the people of Christchurch.

Northland District Health Board (NDHB)
• Northland DHB's Incident Management Team is on alert and maintains a watching brief.
• Contingency plans are in place to receive dialysis patients, recently transferred to Auckland from Canterbury if necessary. These plans include treatment options and accommodation. Northland DHB is also working closely with the Ministry of Social Development based in Whangarei to ensure the welfare of these patients are available such as food and extra clothing.
• Northland DHB would like to thank the Northland community for their offers of support to help these patients but plans are well in hand to support these patients if treatment is required to be delivered in Whangarei.
• Elective surgery is continuing as usual.
• Our thoughts are with our colleagues, family and friends at the coalface in Christchurch.

Further updates will be provided as necessary. Thank you to all media outlets for your patience.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>

Culture: RNZB Showcases NZ Artists With Two World Premieres

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s mixed bill Salute - Remembering WW1 which opens on 22 May will showcase the talents of New Zealand artists working at the top of their field. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news