Res­i­dents re­act to po­ten­tial clo­sure

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Porirua peo­ple re­acted swiftly to news that Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal’s af­ter hours ser­vice was ear­marked for clo­sure.

The com­ments on the KapiMana News Face­book page over­whelm­ingly sup­ported re­tain­ing the ser­vice for Porirua res­i­dents and those liv­ing fur­ther north.

Felic­ity Rut­ledge said lo­cal peo­ple who caught taxis to Kenepuru wouldn’t be able to af­ford a trip to Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal. Kirsten Eich­ler added that the free park­ing of­fered at the hos­pi­tal was a draw­card to stay away from Welling­ton’s ser­vice.

There was an eight-hour wait at Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal a few weeks ago and it was es­sen­tial the af­ter-hours ser­vice stayed in Porirua, Belinda Giles said.

But Rose Gawn said the ser­vice was just a GP with longer hours and longer queues. ’’Porirua is a grow­ing city and needs emer­gency fa­cil­i­ties for its res­i­dents.’’

Chris­tine Bruce thought the clo­sure shouldn’t even be con­tem­plated.

‘‘If you take into con­sid­er­a­tion the area and pop­u­la­tion which Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal serves, it must [have] such a fa­cil­ity avail­able.’’

Shan­non Casey also wor­ried about ser­vices north of Porirua.

‘‘We have noth­ing use­ful in Kapiti, it’s Kenepuru or Palmer­ston North at the mo­ment. [It] would be ridicu­lous if it was fur­ther away than Porirua. They need to keep it open.’’

Some peo­ple were con­cerned about putting ex­tra pres­sure on Welling­ton Hos­pi­tal.

‘‘Why over­load the al­ready over­loaded ser­vice in Welling­ton?’’ Vic­to­ria Smith said.

Jac­qui Hag­g­land summed up many par­ent’s con­cerns.

‘‘As a par­ent who has had to use it for a baby, hav­ing to travel into the Welling­ton af­ter hours is

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