South Canterbury DHBMonday 28 February 2011, 4:48PM
Media release from South Canterbury DHB
The flow of Christchurch patients with quake-related injuries
has eased and most Christchurch patients arriving at the hospital
Emergency Department are seeking help for problems that are not
directly related to the earthquake.
25 patients have been transferred from Christchurch Hospital to
Timaru Hospital since the earthquake. Some of these patients have
now been treated and discharged. Timaru Hospital will continue to
receive patients from Christchurch when support is requested, on a
All outpatient appointments, day surgery and elective surgery are
continuing as planned and able.
The Timaru Hospital Laundry will clean a final load of Christchurch
Hospital laundry today and our support in this area is no longer
needed. Laundry staff put in many extra hours over the past week
and should be praised for their hard work and dedication.
Aged Residential Care
No further aged care patients have been transferred to South
Canterbury rest homes over the weekend. The National Health
Coordination Centre has not sent us a request for rest home beds
since last Thursday.
Primary and Community
GPs, pharmacies and other community organisations are busy with the
influx of visitors from Christchurch.
Please help us spread the following key messages to Christchurch
visitors who are staying in Timaru:
· The Timaru Hospital Emergency Department is for emergencies
· During business hours Christchurch people can visit any GP or
pharmacy for help.
· On Saturday and Sunday prescriptions are available from the
after-hours pharmacy, Ashbury Pharmacy at Northtown Mall in
· An after-hours GP is available by phoning 03 684 8209.
· If you need help with mental illness, phone the psychiatric
emergency team on 0800 277 997.
· For maternity or breastfeeding help phone 03 687 2145 or
027 491 0865.