Hos­pi­tal ward to stay open over Christ­mas break

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

For the first time in four years the in­pa­tient ward at Taupo¯ Hos­pi­tal will re­main open over the Christ­mas/New Year pe­riod.

For the last three years the ward was been closed for two weeks, partly be­cause of low pa­tient num­bers. How­ever Taupo¯ Hos­pi­tal man­ager Ange Guy says this year it will re­main open over the hol­i­day.

“Past pa­tient num­bers haven’t war­ranted the ward stay­ing open for the two-week pe­riod but Lakes District Health Board feels that there is now enough de­mand,” Ange says.

“Taupo¯ Hos­pi­tal, es­pe­cially the Emer­gency De­part­ment, has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing high pa­tient pre­sen­ta­tions which has stretched re­sources and the in­pa­tient ward is still run­ning the four-month 15-bed win­ter plan, which will go back to 10 beds at the end of Oc­to­ber.”

Ange says although other parts of the hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing the emer­gency de­part­ment, birthing unit and men­tal health and ad­dic­tion ser­vices will op­er­ate as nor­mal, the emer­gency de­part­ment has been un­der a lot of pres­sure in re­cent months.

Lakes District Health Board is urg­ing peo­ple to think about where to go for health care, rather than head­ing to the Emer­gency De­part­ment. To help peo­ple get the right med­i­cal at­ten­tion more quickly, the GP prac­tices op­er­ate an after-hours phone sys­tem where spe­cial­ist triage nurses as­sess each per­son’s sit­u­a­tion and ad­vise them on the best place. If it is an emer­gency, dial 111 for an am­bu­lance.

Oth­er­wise, peo­ple should call their usual GP prac­tice and the call will be trans­ferred to Home Care Med­i­cal. The nurses will ask for in­for­ma­tion and then ad­vise whether the prob­lem should be dealt with at the emer­gency de­part­ment or would be bet­ter seen by a GP, and who is on duty.

■ Health­line is also avail­able on 0800 611 116 for free health ad­vice 24 hours a day.

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