Friday 9 September 2022Health news3 minutes to read
Urgent patient stabilisation and observation services provided by Buller Health’s Foote Ward team will be back to a 24/7 service from Monday, 3 October 2022.
In mid-August, we had to introduce some temporary changes to how health care services were delivered at Buller Health in response to on-going staffing pressures, says Holly Mason, Te Whatu Ora Te Tai o Poutini West Coast’s Director of Nursing.
“These changes were made so that urgent acute care as well as routine primary care to the wider-Westport community could be maintained. Over the past few weeks, we have been working towards having a more sustainable level of staffing in place so that we can continue providing the full range of health care services. This has included securing new staff who will be joining the team in the near future.
“We are exceptionally fortunate to have a highly skilled workforce in Buller, who have done a fantastic job ensuring services continue to be provided while the temporary changes are in place. We appreciate the extra mile everyone has been going as we know staff are under pressure due to on-going staff shortages coupled with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and three significant flood events in quick succession.
“We really appreciate the Buller community’s on-going patience and support while these temporary changes remain in place. You can be reassured that if you need emergency or acute care that these services are available 24/7. You can also help us out by booking your routine health care appointments early,” says Ms Mason.
Remember, if you are injured or experiencing severe symptoms, it’s critical that you call 111.
Page last updated: 9 September 2022
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