South Canterbury DHB chief executive Chris FlemingFriday 25 February 2011, 4:44PM
Media release from South Canterbury DHB chief executive
We are asking members of the South Canterbury public to urgently
return any hospital equipment out on loan that is no longer being
used. This will help us appropriately treat and support people with
This equipment includes braces, crutches, walking frames and
wheelchairs to help with mobility, weights and wobble boards used
for rehabilitation and other equipment such as shower seats that
help those with a disability function within their homes, and
breast pumps for displaced nursing mothers. If you no longer
require it, please return it for the use of those who do.
South Canterbury DHB is working closely with our neighbouring South
Island DHBs to provide coordinated support to Christchurch in the
aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake, for as long as it takes for
health and disability services to return to normal.
Timaru Hospital has received 21 patients from Christchurch Hospital
since the earthquake. The majority have moderate injuries and all
are being actively treated. All but two patients requiring surgery
have been scheduled to receive it within the next 24 hours.
One acute patient from Ashburton arrived yesterday. The Emergency
Department continues to receive people with mild to moderate
injuries who have driven down from Christchurch with their
families. We have beds available and are prepared for further
admissions or transfers of patients if needed.
We have received no further requests for staff to work at
Canterbury DHB since three senior registered nurses were deployed
earlier in the week.
Two buses were deployed to Christchurch last night to retrieve 18
aged care patients who have now been relocated to facilities in
Geraldine, Temuka and Timaru. A limited number of aged care beds
With the influx of people to the region, the public health risk
also rises. We encourage everyone to be vigilant regarding simple
protective measure like thorough hand washing.
A message from the SCDHB Breastfeeding Advisor, Pauline
In the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake some new mothers
and pregnant women are seeking safety in South Canterbury. These
women are very welcome to make contact with the maternity unit at
Timaru Hospital, where help and support is available. It is vital
that breastfeeding mothers continue to breastfeed during an
emergency to protect the baby's health in an unsafe
environment. Any woman needing support with breastfeeding is
urged to contact our experienced breastfeeding advisors and
midwives. This help is available 24/7 by ringing 03 6872145, or 027