Support for rural practices affected by quakes

Date published
16 Nov 2016

New Zealand Rural General Practice Network and NZLocums staff have been in touch with affected rural practices following Monday’s 7.5 earthquake. Initial feedback has been that, through the generous response of health professionals, there is sufficient cover in place for the time being. Following our contact with practices we have learnt of one practice that has released it practice nurses to assist in Kaikoura and the GP from Hanmer Springs has also made himself available. We understand that cover is generally being managed through the Disaster Response teams.

One of our locum GPs had just completed her placement at Kaikoura last Friday and was due to travel to her next placement in Blenheim this week. She has therefore been available in Kaikoura to assist and is still there. Her situation report which she sent through on Tuesday morning described the amazing response and support from some tourists in the town who happened to be nurses, Physicians Assistants, and ER doctor and a physiotherapist.

Network board member, Dr Martin London was also in Kaikoura on Sunday as he was due to start a locum placement there on Monday. He has reported back that things are manageable and the team are working really well together for the time being.

We’ll maintain a watching brief on this situation as we anticipate the current team will require relief with fresh locums in the coming weeks.

If you need to contact the Network for any reason please text or telephone communications manager Rob Olsen on 021 472 556 or email rob@rgpn.org.nz

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