Impact of nursing strike on South Canterbury DHB

Nurses and healthcare assistants working at Timaru Hospital and Talbot Park who are members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) have issued notice of a 24-hour strike action between:

  • 7am Thursday 12 July and 7am Friday 13 July

A strike of this nature will severely impact on our ability to carry out our normal services at the hospital.

What is happening?

SCDHB is preparing to close many of the services provided due to the impact of the strike.

Timaru hospital will continue to operate essential services such as the Emergency Departments, emergency surgery and maternity care throughout the strike, and patient safety remains the DHB’s top priority.

Some services provided by SCDHB will close before the date of the strike to ensure the number of patients in hospital is as low as possible, so that care can be provided safely.

We will be able to maintain only acute and essential services during the strike and many operations will be deferred and outpatient clinics will be closed and appointments rescheduled.

Services which will remain open will be:

  • Emergency Department
  • Intensive Care Unit / Critical Care Units
  • All inpatient areas
  • District Nursing
  • Radiology Department
  • Theatre for acute only

Services which will be closed will be:

  • Outpatient clinics – except Dental & Maternity
  • All elective (planned surgery)
  • Endoscopy clinics
  • Day Patient Services
  • Public Health Nursing

If you have planned surgery or an appointment

If you are scheduled to have surgery or have an outpatient appointment at this time you will be contacted directly if you are affected.

If you need care

During the strike period, if your condition is not urgent or severe please call Healthline (0800 611 116) or contact your GP in the first instance where possible. If you have an emergency call 111.

If you or a family member is in hospital during that period

We will be asking family members to assist in the personal care of their relative or friend who is in hospital. This can include washing, dressing, helping them go to the toilet and helping them with hospital food.