Hos­pi­tals nearly full

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Cap­i­tal & Coast District Health Board is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple with mi­nor in­juries and ill­nesses to seek med­i­cal help from their GP or call Health­Line.

Welling­ton and Kenepuru hos­pi­tals are op­er­at­ing near full ca­pac­ity and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Chris Lowry said as a re­sult peo­ple could ex­pect longer wait­ing times in the emer­gency de­part­ment.

Lowry said there was no ob­vi­ous trend for the higher num­bers, be­cause pa­tients of all ages were ar­riv­ing with var­i­ous in­juries and ill­nesses.

The hos­pi­tal was still pro­vid­ing a very high qual­ity of ser­vice, she said, and had ros­tered on ex­tra staff to deal with the higher num­ber of pa­tients.

Lowry thanked the pub­lic for their un­der­stand­ing and pa­tience.

How­ever, she urged the pub­lic to leave the hos­pi­tal’s emer­gency de­part­ment for emer­gen­cies.

Un­less it is an emer­gency, the hos­pi­tal asks peo­ple to please first make con­tact with their GP or call Health­Line on 0800 611 116.

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