September 3, 2008
Rush of Patients at Hospital
Palmerston North Hospital is still full to capacity after telling the public last week that it was using the city's private hospitals, cancelling elective surgery and calling on staff to do all they could to help deal with the rush of patients needing admission. Last Wednesday, 54 patients from the Emergency Department had to be admitted, up from the usual 30 a day, and the peak in demand was expected to continue for days. MidCentral Health spokesman Dennis Geddis said on the weekend the situation eased, but the pressure started mounting again on Sunday afternoon. Yesterday morning there was already a large number of patients in the emergency department, many of them needing to be admitted when possible. The upsurge in numbers was caused by a mix of medical and surgical cases as well as a seasonal peak in winter illness.
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