RE Official Information Act request WCDHB 9306
I refer to your email dated 6 May 2019 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB regarding Maternity Ward staffing.
1. How many consultants/senior doctors are rostered on and physically present on your hospital maternity wards on Saturdays and Sundays and between 10pm and 8am during the week?
A consultant/senior doctor is rostered to be on call at all times. However the consultant /senior doctor physically is not required to be present on our hospital maternity wards on Saturdays and Sundays or between 10pm and 8am during the week
2. If consultants/senior doctors are rostered on to work in the ward on the weekend, what times do their shifts start and end? (ie, is there someone there at all times?)
See answer Question 1.
3. What times are consultants/senior doctors rostered on until during the week? (ie, is there someone there at all times?)
Consultants will be on site whenever the maternity unit workload requires it.
Consultants are rostered to be present from 8am to 5pm during the week and outside these times there is an on call team including an Obstetrician, Anaesthetist, and Paediatrician or Paediatrically trained Rural Hospital Medicine Specialist
4. Why are/why aren’t consultants/senior doctors present/not present on the ward at all times?