Media Update

The Southern DHB continues to operate its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in response to the boil water notice issued by the DCC for the central Dunedin area, which includes Dunedin Hospital.

Some elective procedures have been postponed due to the water situation, but acute surgeries are continuing as usual, as are all other clinical services,” says Southern DHB EOC Incident Controller Jenny Hanson, adding that Southern DHB is working closely with Dunedin City Council, Civil Defence and other authorities in managing the water issues.

“Southern DHB staff are stellar in their response to this incident and are getting on with the business of looking after patients.”

A tanker and bottled water are being used to supply the hospital with fresh water.

Public Health South Medical Officer of Health, Dr Keith Reid, says Dunedin residents in the affected areas of the city should not consume tap water but using city water for bathing or showering is acceptable.

“Avoid swallowing the water and use bottled or boiled water for teeth brushing,” Dr Reid advises.

Public Health South is always monitoring gastroenteritis and there has not been an increase in gastroenteritis in the Dunedin area.

Southern DHB continues to monitor and manage its operations in light of these water issues and will provide further updates if required.