CHOOSE... A World Leader in Healthcare
CHOOSE... A World Leader in Healthcare
CHOOSE... A World Leader in Healthcare
CHOOSE... A World Leader in Healthcare
CHOOSE... A World Leader in Healthcare
CHOOSE... A World Leader in Healthcare
CHOOSE... A World Leader in Healthcare
CHOOSE... A World Leader in Healthcare

Most of the 200 CDHB buildings were damaged

Cost of damage to hospital buildings: ~NZ$110-120 million

9000 rooms need to be repaired // 106 hospital beds have been closed

19 community pharmacies and five general practices lost/damaged

Many dental and mental health facilities closed/vacated

Many small NGOs displaced // 635 rest home beds lost

Many staff personally displaced on a temporary or permanent basis

A community exposed to sub-standard housing, crowded, damp

and cold conditions and no clear pathway forward for many families

The CDHB and the Canterbury Earthquakes

February 22nd 2011 dealt the Canterbury Health System a huge blow, along with the rest of Canterbury. We lost people, our people lost people, we lost buildings and like everyone else we lost access to roads, power, water and sewerage. But we didn’t lose the health system! We had a plan, we had a shared vision of where we were going and we have a system that is built on a foundation of trust and good relationships that we work at hard in the easier times and certainly works for us when we are challenged.

The next few years will be really challenging, we still have broken buildings, and stretched capacity and we have a population that is more fragile and more likely to require the support of the health system. It is complex to fix buildings while you need them to deliver care and each day we balance the immediate harm of denying access to services for our population with the potential harm of occupying buildings that don’t comply with the new building codes.

Health is not about hospitals it is about complex systems and our health system has demonstrated a resilience that has left the rest of the world in awe of what can be achieved. In awe of how rapidly we could react, redesign how services could be delivered in the community, in the hospital, or wherever we needed to. We demonstrated how easily we could develop new models and deliver break through innovations that the rest of the country can benefit from. In the space of hours we were organised and connected across Canterbury, in the space of days we had the whole system back on its feet and delivering free care to people in their communities.

We not only survived the earthquakes, but have since met all funding and surgery targets and transformed our health system to meet not only our current needs but to set ourselves on a path that will see future generations be even more successful. Check out how we have done this in Our Way of Working....

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