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ED overloaded at Hawke’s Bay Hospital 

Too many people are continuing to present to Hawke’s Bay Hospital with minor illnesses and injuries  overloading its Emergency Department.
Chief operating officer Warrick Frater said Hawke’s Bay Hospital continued to be very busy over the public holiday period with more than 60 people presenting to ED on New Year’s day before 11am.
On a normal day the department would see between 100 and 110 patients.
Mr Frater said medical staff were frustrated with people turning up to get minor medical conditions checked before they went on holiday or other minor ailments  which would have been quickly dealt with at one of the medical centres.
People should not use the Emergency Department for minor ailments and will wait a long time as Emergency staff treat patients with life threatening injuries and illnesses, he said.
 Medical centres in Napier and Hastings were open and people could call 0800 33 88 99 for opening hours  and Healthline  0800 611 116 was available for 24 hour advice

HBDHB MEDIA RELEASE 1 January 2012