Waitemata DHBMonday 30 May 2011, 3:51PM
Media release from Waitemata DHB
The much anticipated 24-7 emergency care service for adults in west
Auckland commences at Waitakere Hospital from June 7.
It marks the completion of Waitemata DHB's commitment to delivering
24 hour emergency care at Waitakere Hospital for all residents in
west Auckland, following the introduction of 24-7 emergency care
services for children last year.
Waitemata DHB chairman Dr Lester Levy says the board has worked
hard to ensure that roundthe- clock emergency care for all west
Aucklanders is made available at Waitakere Hospital.
"We recognise that people in west Auckland have waited long and
patiently for this, and through the hard work, dedication and
perseverance of our staff, the service is now a reality.
"While we've added significantly to services at Waitakere Hospital
over the past year - including the introduction of 24-7 paediatric
care and a marked increase in elective surgeries such as hip
replacements - we as a board remain committed to continually
improving Waitakere Hospital."
Currently Waitakere Hospital's emergency department is closed for
adult patients from 10pm to 8am, but from June 7, it will be open
24 hours a day for adults who have emergency conditions.
This change means the Waitakere Hospital emergency department will
provide treatment and care to all adults and children with serious
or urgent health problems 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Waitemata DHB is, however, asking people to use the emergency
department only if they have an emergency or serious health
Patients with non-urgent and non-emergency conditions are asked to
see their GPs or closest Accident and Medical Centre. Doing this
will enable patients with emergency or serious conditions to
receive hospital treatment quickly.