Thursday 13 July 2023Health news2 minutes to read
Next week, Buller Health will be introducing alternate care plans to its acute care service to accommodate reduced staffing capacity.
The following temporary changes will be in place this coming Monday (17 July) and also from Thursday 20 July through to Sunday 23 July.
- A PRIME-trained clinician will be available on-call to respond to community emergencies on these days.
- St John will continue to provide usual emergency response services.
- Anyone needing admission will be transferred to Greymouth’s Te Nīkau Hospital.
No current inpatients will be impacted by these changes and all other services like Buller Medical Centre and outpatient clinics continue to be available.
“Ongoing staff shortages mean that we need to put in place alternate plans in our acute care zone for several days next week. Leading up to this decision, our medical staffing team has made every effort to find suitable roster coverage but unfortunately, we have been unable to resolve this situation,” says Dr Murray Wiggins, Clinical Director Buller Health.
“Once again, we want to thank the Buller community for their on-going patience and apologise for any inconvenience that this situation may cause,” says Dr Wiggins.
Remember, if you or a member of your whānau are injured or experiencing severe symptoms, it’s critical that you call 111.
- If you are feeling unwell with any condition, you can phone Healthline on 0800 611 116 for free health advice 24/7 or your general practice team to discuss your situation and symptoms rather than visiting in person. This will ensure that you get to access appropriate treatment and medication to help you stay well, even if you are at home isolating.
- If you have a mild illness, you can check the Te Whatu Ora | Te Tai o Poutini West Coast or HealthInfo websites for more information on what to do or where to go if you are unsure.
- For appointments, enquiries, prescriptions or results please phone Buller Medical Centre on 03 788 9277 during week day opening hours (Monday – Friday 8:45am – 5:00pm).
- For COVID-19 health advice please call 0800 358 5453.
- If you’re worried about yourself, or someone in your whānau who has a respiratory illness, see the checklist here of symptoms to watch out for, and when you should seek medical advice.
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