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The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board said its hospitals coped well during yesterday’s strike action by nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.

Emergency and essential services continued during the strike action, but all non-urgent appointments and elective surgeries were rescheduled.

The DHB did request more nurses to help as some Hawke’s Bay Hospital wards experienced high demand due to a number of very sick patients needing more care.

The request made to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation was agreed to.

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Chris Mckenna acknowledged and thanked over 90 volunteers who assisted across departments and wards yesterday.

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Motorists are being urged to plan ahead as further lane closures are planned for the Saddle Road next week.

From Monday, the road will be closed to westbound traffic for four days from 9am to 2.30pm, with traffic needing to use the Pahīatua Track.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency spokesperson Ross I’Anson said contractors would be completing line-marking, road sweeping and other maintenance work that had been delayed due to bad weather.

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Local residents wanting to have their say about the performance of the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council have until tomorrow to complete the 2021 Residents Opinion Survey.

The Council says it is important to know how residents feel about its performance, and the way they deliver its many services and activities.

The survey is designed to take between 3 and 5 minutes to complete, and is available on the Council website. www.chbdc.govt.nz