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Health workers reshuffled in Hawke’s Bay to cover rosters under Covid-19 pressure

With significant numbers of people hospitalized with Covid-19 and pressures on the emergency department, the Hawke's Bay District Health Board is redeploying clinical staff to cover rosters

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With significant numbers of people hospitalized with Covid-19 and pressures on the emergency department, the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is redeploying clinical staff to cover rosters

Health workers are being reshuffled in the Hawke’s Bay area as Covid-19 puts pressure on health services.

With significant numbers of people hospitalized with Covid-19 and pressure on the emergency department, the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is redeploying clinical staff to cover rosters, as well as residential and primary care facilities for the elderly and wellness centers, if any.

The senior officer in charge of Covid-19, Chris McKenna, said the regional daily case count showed more than 1,000 new cases each day.

There are 6,781 cases in the region, leading to increased hospitalizations and increased pressure on community health workers. Forty people are in Hawke’s Bay hospital, including four in intensive care.

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“We expect Covid cases in the community to continue to rise before we start to see a decline,” McKenna said.

“Staff redeployment is a key part of our Covid-19 preparedness planning model and is now in full swing as there are areas of high need as well as workforce implications due absence from work and isolation of staff.

The instigation of Covid wards was working well, he said, and monitoring testing of asymptomatic inpatients on general wards was effectively preventing outbreaks.

Anyone requiring immediate medical attention after 9pm should go to the emergency department at Hawke's Bay Hospital as the nurse-led overnight clinic at City Medical, Napier, was due to temporarily close overnight due to a lack of staff.

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Anyone requiring immediate medical attention after 9pm should go to the emergency department at Hawke’s Bay Hospital as the nurse-led overnight clinic at City Medical, Napier, was due to temporarily close overnight due to a lack of staff.

Chief operating officer Chris Ash said there were impacts; non-emergency planned care services were postponed in all specialties, many outpatient appointments were postponed or moved to virtual consultations, district nursing was prioritizing urgent care, and the nurse-led night clinic at City Medical, Napier, was due to close temporarily between 9pm and 8am – this would be reviewed in two weeks.

“The clinic cannot be safely resourced at this time as all available ED resources are needed to cover the high volume of presentations to the emergency department at Hawke’s Bay Hospital,” Ash said.

Anyone living in the Napier or Hastings district requiring immediate medical attention after 9 p.m. should go to the emergency department at Hawke’s Bay Hospital or in an emergency call 111.

Mr Ash said that from today the DHB would post twice-weekly updates on the impacts of the services on its website and Facebook page. Regional leaders and local media would also be well informed.

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