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Published Tuesday 10 Jul 2018

Wairarapa Hospital’s nurses and healthcare assistants will strike for 24 hours from 7am on Thursday 12 July.

Hospital services will be significantly reduced during this time, so please save ED for emergencies.


As always, call 111 if it is an emergency. If it’s not urgent, contact your medical centre, ask for advice at a pharmacy, or call Healthline for advice on 0800 611 116.

What plans are in place?

Wairarapa DHB’s number one priority is patient safety, and a lot of time has gone into hospital and community nursing planning to ensure our hospital can continue to provide acute care and emergency services on Thursday. All appointments that are affected have been discussed with the patients, and rebooking plans are in place.

Visiting instructions

To ease pressure during the strike, visiting hours have been extended and family members are asked to spread their visits throughout the whole day to support their loved one in hospital. 

Patients in the childrens’ ward should have a parent or caregiver with them at all times.

What services will be operating?

Normal services will be affected by the strike:

  • Outpatients, elective surgery and the day procedure unit will be closed.
  • Community nursing services will have limited cover.
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health will operate as normal
  • Adult Mental Health will not be booking routine appointments for Thursday, but will be available for crisis and respite support, as well as for after-hours services.

What can I expect?

Picketing may take place in the morning and afternoon outside the hospital. This should not affect public access to parking or to the hospital entrance, so please do not be disturbed.

We will keep you updated here on this webpage with any new developments.