Auckland DHB Hospital services operating as usual after storm

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Auckland DHB is advising the community to stay warm and take appropriate safety precautions as many residents prepare for a second night of power outages.

Auckland City Hospital, Starship Hospital and Greenlane Clinical Centre have been unaffected by the storm and continue to operate as usual. Plans are in place to manage any increases in demand for hospital services overnight.

One DHB facility, the St Lukes Community Mental Health Centre has been impacted by the power outage. Staff have activated their continuity plan and are working with their clients to ensure continuity of care.

Auckland DHB is working closely with St John and other agencies, and is providing support to residential care providers who have been impacted by the power outage.

Throughout the day, DHB staff have been contacting patients living at home who rely on home oxygen, home dialysis or other critical services, to provide advice and support.

The DHB advises people to follow local Civil Defence advice, check on their neighbours, and be vigilant with food safety.

  • Throw away any frozen food that has been exposed to temperatures above 4°C for two hours or more or that has an unusual odour, colour or texture. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • If food in the freezer is colder than 4°C and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it.
  • Contact your GP if you’re concerned about medications having spoiled.
  • Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods and other supplies.
  • If your power is expected to be out for a day, conserve your hot water

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