You can send your own personal message of solidarity and support to the incredible healthcare workforce of Christchurch, New Zealand, as they keep health services running in the aftermath of the earthquake.
The devastation and loss of life caused by the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand on Tuesday 22nd February 2011 is huge.
This earthquake came on top of a previous one in September. Many health facilities were damaged or severely restricted at that time and the health service was only just beginning to recover.
When the February earthquake hit, the general practice team that was based in the CTV centre was crushed and staff and patients instantly killed. Another seven GP practices were destroyed. Even though the main hospital was built to high earthquake standards, the top two floors became unusable due to water damage and the hospital capacity dropped from 500 to 300 beds. Three hundred people who were resident in care homes had to be quickly evacuated to other towns across New Zealand.
More than a third of the health workforce of Christchurch lost their homes or their homes were severely damaged but, almost without exception, they just carried on working, because they put their patients first. Many of them didn’t know until many hours later that their own families were safe.
Now the state of emergency remains but the initial adrenaline is wearing off. The international news coverage is diminishing. People who have kept health services running are asking “how are we going to survive the next few weeks?”.
New Zealand Post has set up a website www.amos.org.nz where you can post messages of solidarity and support. Nursing Times has sent theirs, send yours today.
How do I send a post?
The website has been designed for other groups such as the fire service and the police. So on the drop down box on the left hand side of the screen, you need to select “Health Services”. You can choose which specific group you want to direct your message to such as “Primary Care/Medical centres” or “Hospital” or “Emergency Department”.