Hospi­tal sur­vives win­ter

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - CA­TRIN OWEN

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.

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