Friday 12 August 2022Health news4 minutes to read
In response to on-going staffing pressures across the West Coast, the following changes to how health care services will be delivered at Buller Health will come into effect today (12/08/2022).
These changes are being made to ensure that we are able to continue providing acute / urgent care as well as routine primary care to the wider Westport community. We anticipate that we will continue operating in this way for at least six weeks, says Holly Mason, Te Whatu Ora Te Tai o Poutini West Coast’s Director of Nursing.
“Staffing shortages as a result of vacancies and sickness are impacting services Coast-wide and around the rest of the country. We are actively recruiting to permanent vacancies and while we have been successful in securing new staff, there is a lead in time before successful overseas applicants can come on board.
“Our teams have been doing a fantastic job, often going above and beyond, to ensure that services are maintained. We know staff are under pressure and we appreciate the extra mile everyone is going. On top of managing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and staff shortages, our Buller team has also had to deal with two significant flood events. It is essential that we implement these temporary changes that will help to reduce the current level of pressure across the system. Our focus now is on ensuring we have a sustainable level of staffing which will enable us to continue providing the full range of health care services.
“Prior to making these changes to Buller Heath’s services, our team have tried to secure staff from Te Nīkau and further afield from other districts but unfortunately they too are struggling to resource services. Locally, we are working with our partner agencies to ensure that health care services are available during this time. You can be reassured that if you need emergency or acute care that this will be available,” says Ms Mason.
Remember, if you are injured or experiencing severe symptoms, it’s critical that you call 111.
Once again, we want to thank the Buller community for their on-going patience and apologise for any inconvenience that this situation may cause. Remember, you can help us out by planning ahead as much as possible for routine health care by booking early,” says Ms Mason.
Page last updated: 12 August 2022
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