Keep Emergency Departments For Emergencies

28 March 2014

Taranaki District Health Board emergency departments are extremely busy with non urgent patients which is causing clinician’s concern as it’s only the beginning of winter says Clinical Service Manager Gillian Campbell.

“In the last couple of weeks we have been experiencing high numbers of patients averaging over 90 per day at Taranaki Base Hospital.  Over half of these presentations were considered non urgent.  In Hawera almost 70% fell into the non urgent category” said Mrs Campbell.

Taranaki District Health Board and Midlands Health Network are appealing to the public to make an appointment to see their local GP when they feel ill or unwell.  “If you are feeling unwell but it is not an emergency then call for a doctor’s appointment, this will help free up the hospital emergency department to deal with patients who need serious and more urgent medical help,” said Mrs Campbell.

“The first place people should look for health care during business hours is their GP.  Other options available include a local accident and medical centre or Healthline, which is a 24 hour service that can be accessed by phoning 0800 611 116.

“The last option is the emergency department which should only be used for emergencies,” she said.
Midland Health Network acting Chief Executive, David Oldershaw said Primary Care relates to the professional health care delivered in the community.

‘It’s usually from a general practitioner (GP) or practice nurse, and is the place of choice for everyday health care. Primary care covers a broad range of health and preventative services, including health education, counselling, disease prevention and screening. These services should be accessed through the general practice, not the emergency department,” said Mr Oldershaw.


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