Canterbury DHB


Christchurch Hospital Gridlock Policy


The term "gridlock" describes the times when demand for resourced (i.e. staffed) beds exceeds supply and the hospital is not able to admit the next patient.

Gridlock can be local to a ward, service, or cluster - or hospital-wide. Hospital-wide (red) gridlock is an emergency situation activating an emergency response via the pager system.

At lower levels of gridlock you may receive pager messaging directing the need for enhanced discharging or redirection of patient flow to prevent gridlock developing. If you are unsure what to do in response to the messaging, please ask your service leader for assistance.

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About this Canterbury DHB document (10806):

Document Owner:

Resident Doctors Support Team (see Who's Who)

Issue Date:

August 2013

Next Review:

April 2015


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Topic Code: 10806