Health Boards’ advice
Auckland: Some patient appointments being rescheduled. Those not contacted should attend appointments as normal.
Counties Manukau: Large number of services ‘‘not affected’’. Endeavouring ‘‘not to reschedule, where possible’’. Those affected will be contacted.
Waikato: About 450 junior doctors employed, mostly at Waikato Hospital. Thames, Te Kuiti, Taumarunui and Tokoroa hospitals ‘‘mostly unaffected’’. Patients whose clinical appointments or operations are affected are being phoned.
Lakes: On the strike days, all elective or scheduled surgeries will be postponed, along with the majority of outpatient clinics. Patients will be contacted if their appointment or procedure needs to be changed. MidCentral: Some patients’ appointments will be affected and they will be contacted. Those not contacted should attend their appointment or surgery as normal. People with questions can call 0800 764 677.
Capital & Coast: Priority will be given to essential and acute 24-hour services. Patients with appointments or elective surgeries impacted by strike will be contacted. Canterbury: About 70 per cent of 550 junior doctors affected. Patients with procedures affected by the strike will be contacted, or patients can check by phoning 0800 778 226 (8am-5pm). Surgeries and outpatient appointments affected by strike are being rescheduled.
All emergency departments will be open for genuine emergencies. Those with non-urgent ailments or injuries should visit their GP first.