Winter bites at region’s hospitals
Another Auckland hospital is at record capacity as the usually busy winter period bites hard this year.
Auckland City Hospital had its highest number of patients in a four week period by July 9, its chief medical officer Dr Margaret Wilsher said. Health officials across the city are scrambling to deal with patient numbers that are higher than planned for.
It’s lead to Auckland District Health Board asking the public to visit their GP if they have ‘‘nonurgent’’ issues or to expect a longer wait at the emergency department. Patients ‘‘well enough to go home’’ will also be discharged in order to free up bed space.
‘‘We want to assure you that if you need immediate hospitalbased attention, you will still receive the treatment you need,’’ Wilsher said.
‘‘However, we ask that you only visit our emergency department if you need to.’’
Patients are given priority based on the seriousness of their condition, Wilsher said.
‘‘We are requesting the public’s help to ensure hospital services are available for those who really need them.’’
The district health board said patients could also visit their local accident and medical clinics for minor injuries or illnesses. Advice was also available through Healthline on 0800 611 116.