More capacity issues slow patient movement at Rotorua Hospital
17/06/2019 5:11:22 p.m.

Monday 17 June 2019

More capacity issues slow patient movement at Rotorua Hospital

Rotorua Hospital is again at capacity, with virtually no spare beds.

The hospital was at gridlock on the last weekend in May, with patients needing to stay for extended periods in ED while awaiting a bed in a hospital ward.

Beds have often been tight at Rotorua in recent weeks. However a combination of increased numbers of people presenting to ED, existing patients needing longer hospital stays and staff sickness means there has been fewer patients discharged than usual.

Acting Chief Operating Officer Greg Vandergoot says he realises that GPs in Rotorua are also stretched, meaning some patients unable to book an appointment with their family doctor are heading to the emergency department.

He suggests people with minor issues or flu-type symptoms can seek medical advice through the 24/7 telephone triage service Healthline. The free service is available 24/7 0800 611 116.

Many of the hospital admissions are for winter type illness, including bronchiolitis, asthma and people with flu-like symptoms. A number of car accidents in the past week has also been a factor in the bed shortage.

Greg Vandergoot says with the onset of flu season, it’s really important to remember the basics, like covering your cough and washing your hands often, to stop the spread of germs. He says many people feeling under the weather could have a viral illness and says a day or two in bed will help fight off the viruses causing colds and flu.

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