Surg­eries post­poned at DHB

The Southland Times - - NEWS - EVAN HARD­ING

Pa­tients have been forced to wait for beds, and more surg­eries have been post­poned at a full South­land Hos­pi­tal.

South­ern District Health Board se­nior staffer Heather Casey said more than 10 pa­tients had to wait at the hos­pi­tal for beds overnight on Sun­day be­cause all the avail­able beds were full.

The pa­tients con­tin­ued to be as­sessed and mon­i­tored dur­ing the night, ‘‘but we ap­pre­ci­ate this was less than ideal for those af­fected’’, she said.

Four non-ur­gent surg­eries were sub­se­quently post­poned at the hos­pi­tal on Mon­day to as­sist with man­ag­ing the need for beds.

Casey apol­o­gised for any in­con- ve­nience this has may have caused to pa­tients and thanked staff for their con­tin­ued ef­forts dur­ing the ‘‘busy time’’.

South­land Hos­pi­tal was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing high pa­tient de­mand which was not un­ex­pected over the win­ter months, Casey said.

The emer­gency depart­ment had in­creased its staffing lev­els for the win­ter pe­riod to man­age the in­flux of pa­tients.

In ad­di­tion, two full­time nurses were brought down from Tau­ranga for three weeks in April and May to sup­port the sur­gi­cal ward.

This was to en­sure ros­ter cover while the hos­pi­tal was wait­ing for newly re­cruited nurses to be­gin, she said.

Jobs had been of­fered to three ca­sual nurses and one had al­ready started work, with the re­main­ing two to be­gin within two weeks.

The SDHB is about to ad­ver­tise for a fur­ther reg­is­tered nurse po­si­tion, she said.

The staffing lev­els and pres­sure be­ing put on nurses at South­land Hos­pi­tal has been in the spot­light in re­cent weeks.

Casey said two nurses in the med­i­cal ward and two in the ma­ter­nity unit worked 12-hour shifts on Fri­day.

Last week, the SDHB said pa­tient beds at South­land Hos­pi­tal had been be­yond 100 per cent ca­pac­ity at times this win­ter, with some pa­tients hav­ing to wait longer for surgery as a re­sult.

When the hos­pi­tal was full, pa­tients waited longer in the emer­gency depart­ment and as out­pa­tients be­fore be­ing ad­mit­ted to beds.

Or, or they waited longer for surgery.

Elec­tive surg­eries some­times had to be post­poned at times of ‘‘high acute de­mand’’, she said.

The nurses’ union South­land or­gan­iser Lor­raine Lobb said last week the union had con­cerns about the num­ber of nurse va­can­cies at South­land Hos­pi­tal and had raised them with the South­ern DHB.

‘‘The DHB in­forms us that they are cur­rently ad­ver­tis­ing but are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to at­tract ex­pe­ri­enced theatre nurses to In­ver­cargill.’’

Casey said South­land Hos­pi­tal pro­vided safe and ef­fec­tive care with highly skilled staff,

‘‘All va­can­cies have been ac­tively re­cruited into ... we con­tinue to ac­tively re­cruit.’’

New gear

Al­liance Group is spend­ing $3.4 mil­lion in new pro­cess­ing tech­nol­ogy to im­prove health and safety. Forty­nine band saws have been put into eight plants across the coun­try. Al­liance also ex­pects to spend more than $2m in phase two of the pro­gramme. The tech­nol­ogy has been rolled out at eight plants in­clud­ing Makarewa, Mataura and Lorneville.

Nom­i­na­tions open

Nom­i­na­tions have opened for the 2017 South­land Com­mu­nity En­vi­ron­ment Awards. The an­nual awards recog­nise achieve­ments of spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance that ben­e­fit South­land’s en­vi­ron­ment. Judges are look­ing for peo­ple and projects that en­hance, pro­tect and show­case South­land’s en­vi­ron­ment. The seven dif­fer­ent award cat­e­gories are in­di­vid­ual, farm­ing, school, com­mu­nity group, com­mer­cial, in­no­va­tor and achiever. Win­ning en­tries re­ceive spon­sored prizes that in­clude cash, travel, na­tive plants or fi­nan­cial ser­vices. Award nom­i­na­tions close on Au­gust 18 and the 2017 win­ners will be an­nounced at a cel­e­bra­tion night in In­ver­cargill on Novem­ber 1.

Gas leak false alarm

Three fire crews were called to a sup­posed gas leak on Leet St yes­ter­day. A Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand com­mu­ni­ca­tions spokesman said at 1.50pm the ser­vice re­ceived re­ports of the smell of gas in­side the build­ing. Three crews at­tended and in­ves­ti­gated the prop­erty, which was on Leet St, in the com­mer­cial area be­tween Dee and Kelvin St. The smell of gas ap­peared to have dis­si­pated by the time crews ar­rived, he said. A gas de­tec­tor was used to search the area. The smell could have been caused by sew­er­age or leak­ing gas pipes, he said. The in­ci­dent was later re­ported as a false alarm. Two crews from In­ver­cargill and one from Kingswell at­tended.

Hous­ing public meet­ing

Labour Party can­di­date for In­ver­cargill Liz Craig is hold­ing a public meet­ing on hous­ing on Wed­nes­day evening. With Labour hous­ing spokesper­son Phil Twyford, Craig will dis­cuss cold damp rentals and so­cial hous­ing. The meet­ing will be held at the New­field Tav­ern, Cen­tre St, In­ver­cargill and starts at 7pm.

Se­niors public meet­ing

Na­tional Party In­ver­cargill MP Sarah Dowie is hold­ing a public meet­ing for se­niors on Fri­day af­ter­noon. Dowie would be joined by Hon Mag­gie Barry. The meet­ing will be held at 36 Kelvin St and starts at 2pm.

Busi­ness wins gold

Stonewood Homes South­land won a gold award in the Nu­look New Home $700,000 to $1m cat­e­gory in this year’s House of the Year Awards. The award-win­ning 420 sqm fam­ily home­stead was built with a spe­cific de­sign brief: it needed to be a func­tional farm house with all the mod-cons com­bin­ing with a very classy look. Stonewood Homes South­land, own­ers Bren­dan and Rochelle Akeroyd’s win­ning home was just one of more than 370 homes nom­i­nated in the Reg­is­tered Master Builders 2017 House of the Year Awards, a com­pe­ti­tion that show­cases the best ex­am­ples of qual­ity crafts­man­ship and de­sign.

Pool clos­ing

The Bal­clutha Cen­ten­nial Pool will be closed from Mon­day for an­nual main­te­nance. The pool is ex­pected to re­open on Au­gust 9.

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