September 1, 2008

City Hospital Reaches Limit

Palmerston North Hospital's emergency department has been stretched to capacity and the situation is not likely to ease in the coming days.

Yesterday afternoon there were 20 people waiting in the emergency department, including seven waiting for beds.

The hospital has used all available beds, with some treatment rooms and other areas also holding patients, MidCentral Health reported. No patients had been held in corridors.

The hospital has been relatively full for most of the year, MidCentral reported, but in recent days there had been a mix of medical and surgical cases, coupled with the usual winter ills.

On Wednesday there were 54 patient admissions in the emergency department, including seven from the previous day.

There are usually about 30 admissions a day.

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