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What is happening?
Nurses, midwives, and healthcare assistants who are members of the NZNO will undertake strike action on Wednesday 9 June.

What will the strike involve?
The strike action will be in the form of a complete eight-hour withdrawal of labour beginning at 11am. This will significantly and severely affect our ability to deliver services.

What is being done to prepare for the strike?
Patient safety remains our utmost priority, and contingency planning continues. This means:

  • We will need to prioritise essential and acute services over others;
  • Many services – such as outpatient appointments, planned care, and non-urgent surgeries – will have to be rescheduled;
  • We will assess inpatients to see whether it is clinically appropriate to discharge them – if not, they will remain in hospital;

Will emergency care still be available?
The emergency departments (EDs) at Wellington Regional Hospital and Hutt Hospital will remain open.

People presenting to the Wellington ED will be assessed by a senior doctor on arrival, or a doctor or nurse at the Hutt ED, and will be prioritised for treatment based on their assessed level of clinical need.

A patient who is assessed as not having an urgent need may be redirected to their GP or medical centre, an after-hours clinic, or asked to return the following day. If this does not happen, patients with non-urgent needs will wait significantly longer to see a clinician as ED will prioritise patients with urgent needs.

Anyone unsure about whether they require urgent care should call their GP or Healthline (0800 611 116) for advice – and, in an emergency, phone 111.

We have asked GPs, medical centres, and after-hours providers to extend their hours or increase their staffing levels to try to minimise the number of people being referred to ED.

How will patients know if their surgery, procedure or appointment is affected?
We will notify patients, however patients uncertain about their appointment or surgery can call the following numbers:

  • HVDHB – 04 570 9555 or 04 566 6999
  • CCDHB – 04 806 0992 between 8am and 8pm or 0508 4 CCDHB (0508 4 22342) after hours.

How do I get healthcare without going to the hospital?
Information about accessing healthcare in the community is available from both DHBs.

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I am due to give birth – will I be affected?
The delivery suites and birthing units at Kenepuru Community Hospital, the Kāpiti Health Centre, Hutt Hospital, and Wellington Regional Hospital will remain open.

Lead maternity carers (LMCs) have been informed of what services are available, and we also have a number of midwives who are not NZNO members and who will be working during the strike action.

If I have a friend or family member in hospital during the strike, what can I do to help?
We would welcome any family members who are available on the day to join us and help to care for their family member and keep them safe.

This could include keeping their family member company, providing assistance at meal times, helping them to get out of bed and move around, or calling for staff assistance if needed.

The wards will be busy on this day, so we kindly ask that only one or two family members come to help at any one time.

To support friends or family members to do this:

  • Car parking will be free at Hutt, Wellington Regional, and Kenepuru Community Hospitals on the day
  • There will be food – such as sandwiches, fruit and yoghurt – available on the wards for family and whanau who are helping to care for their loved one during the strike
  • Our staff cafés will be open to family members helping us on the day.
Last updated 8 June 2021.