A Dannevirke man who required urgent medical attention to a bleeding wound following an operation was turned away from both the Dannevirke Community Hospital and Barraud St Health Centre.

Jim Vercoe Austing, 77, had surgery to his leg to remove skin cancer on May 14 at the Kauri Medical Centre in Palmerston North and returned on Thursday to have the dressing changed. However, once home the wound started bleeding so his wife Vonny rang the Kauri centre to let them know what had happened.

"They said it would be good to go to our local hospital instead of going all