Capacity issues continue at Rotorua Hospital
27/05/2019 4:31:49 p.m.

Monday 27 May 2019

Capacity issues continue at Rotorua Hospital

Rotorua Hospital continues to be at capacity, with people asked to only go to the Emergency Department if it is a ‘real emergency’.

The hospital has had a few discharges this morning, but with most of those beds being quickly taken up, the situation is not expected to improve quickly.

Many of the hospital admissions are for winter type illness, including bronchiolitis, asthma and influenza.

Hospital staff say a number of people coming into the Emergency Department in recent days would have been better placed heading to Lakes PrimeCare, the after hours medical centre in Rotorua.

There is no charge at Lakes PrimeCare for children under 14 who are enrolled with a local doctor. The after hours and urgent medical centre is open from 8am until 9.30pm each day.

People with flu-type symptoms are well advised to seek medical advice through the 24/7 telephone triage service Healthline. The free service is available 24/7 0800 611 116.

Dr Vijay Thumma from Rotorua ED says people with flu-type symptoms are often better off staying at home, tucked up in bed with plenty of fluids and paracetamol. If the symptoms persist or get worse, then he suggests people make an appointment to see their GP.

Dr Thumma adds with the onset of flu season, it’s also really important to remember the basics, like covering your cough and washing your hands often, to stop the spread of germs.


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