Strike affects Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospitals

The New Zealand Resident Doctors Association (NZRDA), whose members are junior doctors, has given notice of strike action for 48-hours from 7am Tuesday 15 January 2019.

This will mean only emergency and essential services will be available for urgent medical care at Tauranga and Whakatāne Hospitals from: 

  • 7am on Tuesday 15 January to 7am Thursday 17 January. 

Most non-essential services and planned (elective) surgery are being postponed because of the strike, and because patient and staff safety is our number one consideration.

If you were to have surgery or had an outpatient's appointment during the time of the strike action you will be contacted by us. If you are unsure about your appointment please call 0800 333 477 between 8.00am and 6.00pm weekdays.

If you require medical attention for a situation that is NOT life threatening please contact your GP or the free HealthLine on 0800 611 116 for health advice in the first instance, 24/7.

Please save the hospital emergency department for emergencies only. In the event of an emergency please dial 111 for emergency health assistance or an ambulance.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your co-operation.

Last updated: January 11, 2019