Af­ter-hours ser­vice poor

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

My 21-month-old daugh­ter be­came very ill with a virus on June 22 (a Sun­day night) and was strug­gling to breathe, so I rang Healthline to get some ad­vice.

I was in­structed to go to the af­ter-hours med­i­cal clinic to see a doc­tor.

I live in Whitby and the after­hours ser­vice at Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal was shut and had no doc­tors. We had to drive al­most an hour into New­town, only to find the Welling­ton af­ter-hours was also closed (by then it was af­ter mid­night).

We then went to Welling­ton A and E and were told there was a two-hour wait to see a doc­tor.

I find the af­ter-hours health ser­vices in Porirua ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able and won­der why Porirua res­i­dents shouldn’t have de­cent ac­cess to af­ter-hours health ser­vices.

The Cap­i­tal & Coast Dis­trict Health Board needs a re­al­ity check.

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