Waitematā, Auckland, and Counties Manukau DHBs continue COVID-19 outbreak measures – delay some planned care, move to virtual where possible

The three metropolitan Auckland district health boards (DHBs) will continue with measures that have been in place since Monday 17 August in response to the current community outbreak of COVID-19.

The DHBs will continue to postpone some face-to-face planned care appointments and move to virtual appointments where it is appropriate to do so.

The measures include some scheduled community appointments, outpatient clinics and elective surgeries. They will be in place until Monday 7 September.

Patients should continue to come to appointments unless they have been contacted by their service.

Hospitals will continue all acute, urgent and time-sensitive appointments and surgeries.

Northern Region Health Coordination Centre Lead (and Counties Manukau Health CEO) Fepulea’i Margie Apa says postponing care is never a decision the DHBs take lightly.

 “Protecting our patients, whānau and staff from COVID-19 and ensuring we have sufficient capacity to care for anyone with the virus who needs hospital level care remain our priorities at this time.

 “On behalf of the three DHBs I would like to thank our patients and whānau for their support as we take action to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help save lives.”

All hospital emergency departments in metropolitan Auckland remain open to provide care to patients.

Visit Auckland Regional Public Health for information on getting tested for COVID-19.(external link)

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