Does Porirua need an A and E ser­vice?

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We took to Neigh­bourly to ask if you agreed with Porirua mayor Mike Tana’s call for a full ac­ci­dent and emer­gency ser­vice at Kenepuru Hospi­tal.

The re­ac­tion was al­most uni­ver­sal: Porirua peo­ple don’t want to rely on Welling­ton Hospi­tal any­more.

HE­LEN TWEEDY FROM WHITBY

Ab­so­lutely - es­pe­cially if a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter were to oc­cur we need some­thing north of Welling­ton.

NICKYWILLMOTT FROM TAWA

The main Welling­ton Hospi­tal should have been based here to bet­ter serve the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion north.

KATHER­INE DOB­SON FROM TI­TAHI BAY

Makes sense. They tell ev­ery­one to be pre­pared. This needs to hap­pen. The Novem­ber quake proved this is an im­por­tant is­sue. We have also had flood­ing that has cut Porirua off.

AROHA HEITA FROM CAN­NONS CREEK

Yes be­cause it’s too far to travel into Welling­ton with my chil­dren.

PAUL RUSH­WORTH FROM WHITBY

How much ad­di­tional tax are you pre­pared to pay for this? What if more E.Ds meant that we had less ex­pe­ri­enced staff with less su­per­vi­sion? I am­not try­ing to be picky; but state­ments like Mike Tana’s are in a vac­uum, and gen­uinely not use­ful. Run­ning 2 (or 3) E.D de­part­ments is not a zero sum game, and Politi­cians should be bet­ter than that.

RICHARD BROWN FROM AOTEA

It makes sense - wouldn’t it take pres­sure off Welling­ton - it will need in­vest­ment, but it’s prob­a­bly well worth it.

LYNN SHUGG FROM TAWA

This is a def­i­nite yes from me. Why would there be any ques­tions re­gard­ing an­other A&E. The wait in Welling­ton now is ex­treme and with only more growth com­ing in the fu­ture this will only in­crease.

CHRIS HOOPER FROM WHITBY

Ab­so­lutely. Imag­ine all the peo­ple who cur­rently use the Af­ter Hours hav­ing to go all the way to New­town and join the queue there. It is crazy that the is­sue is even on the ta­ble.

DMITRI KOUDRIN FROM TAWA

Yes, Welling­ton is much too far away to travel for an emer­gency of any type!

LOUISAMESSENGER FROM CAN­NONS CREEK

Yes I to­tally agree there should be one here 100 per cent.

SHIRLEY TRAVIS FROM TAWA

Ab­so­lutely it does. The wait­ing time is way too long at Welling­ton Hospi­tal and it is a long way to travel for us in the north­ern sub­urbs. If we were cut off, and couldn’t get to Welling­ton or the Hutt then what?

Not only that, but if you have sick kids in the mid­dle of the night you don’t want to have to travel too far. I un­der­stand fi­nances may be play­ing a big part, but not at the ex­pense of the com­mu­nity.

WRITE TO US

Do you feel strongly about an is­sue in your com­mu­nity or some­thing to say about our city? Con­tact us: ed­i­tor@kmananews.co.nz or via Neigh­bourly. Please in­clude your full name, ad­dress and con­tact num­ber, no anony­mous let­ters will be ac­cepted.

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Porirua peo­ple don’t want to have to rely on Welling­ton Hospi­tal.

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