25 Mar, 2021 23:15 am

Not meeting increasing demand: crisis in hospital emergency departments

Scoop Wellington provides news and views from Wellington, New Zealand

Capital & Coast DHB said Wellington Hospital had an emergency department that was too small to meet the increasing acute demand.Australasian College for Emergency Medicine president Dr John Bonning said the emergency department was where the stress was most visible, but the whole system was under increasing pressure.They’re spending six, eight, 12 hours in the emergency department where we’re forced to try and provide them longitudinal care,” Dr Bonning said.At one point, 18 patients were stuck in the Emergency Department awaiting a bed with only three available in the wards.

In the past 48 hours, Dunedin Hospital and Whangārei Hospital have reached capacity, asking people to keep ED for emergencies only.Today, Whangārei Hospital put out a call for people to stay away from the ED unless it was an emergency.

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