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WEDNESDAY 11 JULY 2018

The inpatient ward at the Central Hawke's Bay Health Centre will close during this weeks 24-hour nurses strike.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants have voted to strike from 7am tomorrow until 7am Friday.

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board says the action will significantly impact services at Hawke’s Bay and Wairoa hospitals, and the Napier and Central Hawke’s Bay medical centres.

The DHB says Hawke’s Bay, like all other health boards, it is actioning contingency plans to ensure quality and safety of patient care, and to minimise disruption wherever possible.

Non-urgent patient appointments and elective surgeries will be rescheduled, with patients whose appointments and procedures affected being contacted directly by phone by DHB staff.

The DHB says during the strike, Hawke’s Bay Hospital will continue to provide essential and urgent services including emergency departments, acute surgery, intensive care, cancer treatments, maternity services and acute wards albeit at reduced capacity.

Chief Executive Kevin Snee apologised to patients whose operation or appointment is being deferred, and says they will be rebooked as soon as possible.

He says patients who haven’t heard from the DHB can call 0800 248 794 for more information or help.

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An injured tramper was airlifted from the Ruahine Ranges yesterday.

The man was part of a group tramping on the Coppermine Track, and was located along with the rest of his group in a closed canopy.

A Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter spokesperson said the group used a flashing torch and waved their light coloured clothing to signal the helicopter.

The spokesperson said a paramedic was winched down to the injured man, who was unable to walk due to his injuries.

After being winched back up to the helicopter, the man was flown to Palmerston North Hospital.

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With the Northfuels sponsored Central Prems in contention for the semi-finals of the Tui Maddison Trophy, the Central Rugby & Sports Club is running a bus to this weekends game against Havelock North.

If the locals win, they will secure a spot in the semis.

Hastings Rugby & Sport, Taradale and Napier Old Boys Marist have already secured their spots in the top four.

The bus, which will cost $5, will get to Anderson Park in time for the Reserves game - also against Havelock North.

Anyone interested can get details on the Clubs' Facebook page or by texting details to 027 685 9815.

Numbers need to be confirmed by tomorrow.