Hospital survives winter
Auckland City Hospital’s emergency department made its way through the winter season with many coughs and colds.
Anil Nair, clinical director of the Adult Emergency Department at Auckland City Hospital, says the ED had an increase in admittance for winter-related illnesses this year.
‘‘As forecasted, the Adult Emergency Department had a seasonal increase in present- ations over the 2016 winter months (July and August),’’ Nair says.
‘‘The total number of presentations in July and August was 11,672. This is 5.6 per cent higher than the same period in 2015, which compares with a 4.7 per cent increase between 2014 and 2015.’’
In 2015 elective procedures at Auckland Hospital were postponed because of the high number of patients suffering from winter-related illness.
The national target is for 95 per cent of patients to be admitted or transferred from the emergency department within six hours.
‘‘Overall Auckland DHB has consistently met, or achieved higher, than the national health target for short stays in emergency departments over the last two years, which is credit to all our teams,’’ Nair says.
In South Auckland, Middlemore too has seen an increase in admittance over the same period.