Hospi­tal reaches record ca­pac­ity as win­ter strikes

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - STAFF REPORTER

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 has lead to Auck­land District Health Board ask­ing the pub­lic to visit their GP if they have ‘‘non-ur­gent’’ 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 hospi­tal-based 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.’’

The district health board said pa­tients could also visit their lo­cal ac­ci­dent and med­i­cal clin­ics for mi­nor in­juries or ill­nesses.

‘‘We are re­quest­ing the pub­lic’s help to en­sure hospi­tal ser­vices are avail­able for those who re­ally need them,’’ Wil­sher said.

JA­SON OXENHAM/STUFF

Auck­land City Hospi­tal had its high­est num­ber of pa­tients re­cently.

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