Hospital services

Holidays require changing some hospital services

A growing number of nursing vacancies is putting pressure on the Canterbury District Health Board’s active nursing and hospital workforce at Ashburton Hospital.

To minimize disruption to services, nursing staff from various outpatient, community, day surgery and educational workforces are being redeployed to assist in pressured areas.

Ashburton Hospital is reviewing its outpatient clinic and community care bookings for the next six weeks, with urgent and acute care given priority.

CDHB rural health services manager Berni Marra, based at Ashburton Hospital, says acute care and inpatient services will continue to be available and people should continue to access the care they need when they need it.

“This includes making their GP their first port of call, what to do and where to go if you need to be seen urgently.

“Out of hours people can call Healthline for general health advice on 0800 611 116 anytime.

“Where people may notice a difference is in the way other services are provided at Ashburton.

“While our district nursing service continues, more clinics will be conducted virtually via telehealth, for example.

“We also support our community and services as we work through an active recruitment program, including overseas talent scouting, multi-channel advertising on all job boards, targeted campaigns, door days open recruitment and participation in job fairs.”

Marra said that as work continues to overcome this short-term challenge, the community can be confident that they will continue to receive quality care from Ashburton’s teams.