Friday January 12, 2018
Firstly, I wanted to wish a happy New Year to each and every one of you and to wish you all the very best for 2018.
Before we dive headlong into another busy year I wanted to recognise, and thank, all of you who worked over the Christmas and New Year period. I know how busy you were, and to sacrifice that time with your friends, family and whanau, to care for our communities, is deeply appreciated.
Our Acting Chief Operating Officer Bronwyn Anstis highlighted to me the high volume of patients (ED presentations, acute admissions and acute surgery) seen across both Tauranga and Whakatane hospitals over the holiday season and how well we coped with that demand. I know from Bronwyn that our staff worked extremely well, and many over and above, to provide the treatment and care for these patients.