News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Message Heeded To Keep ED for Emergencies

27 December 2013

Message Heeded To Keep ED for Emergencies, Record Baby Numbers for Xmas Day

Waikato people seem to have heeded the message to check out their medical needs before Christmas if the presentations to hospital emergency departments and accident and medical centres the past three days are anything to go by.

Waikato District Health Board is hopeful the same applies in the lead up to New Year.

Presentations to Waikato Hospital’s emergency department on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week were down on last year particularly those who would usually be better seen by their own doctor.

Associate group manager Jo-Anne Deane, the on call hospital manager during the period, said the work Waikato District Health Board and primary care providers such as Midlands Health Network, Hauraki and the National Hauora Coalition had done to educate patients was paying dividends.

“It means the people we are seeing in our emergency departments should genuinely be there,” said Ms Deane.

“We’ve seen some very sick people over this festive time and it is important that our medical staff can spend time with them and that places like Anglesea Clinic can see the appropriate ones for treatment there.

“What it also means is that people got into see their doctor before Christmas for things like prescription renewals and check-ups.”

There were 180 presentations to the emergency department yesterday (Boxing Day); staff redirected 18 people or 10 per cent to Anglesea Clinic.

“Two years ago we analysed the figures and about 20 per cent of the people should not have been in our emergency department. At that time we were unable to redirect them to Anglesea.

“But we’ve worked closely with Midlands Health Network and Anglesea to get a system in place so people can see a doctor but not in a busy emergency department. We know a lot of GPs take time off over Christmas and New Year – that is fine but the primary health organisations still have to offer an alternative. To their credit, they are,” said Ms Deane.

Meanwhile Waikato DHB planning for New Year is in place usingCap Plan a tried and tested planning tool.

It predicts emergency department numbers and conversions to inpatients during the next week. The busiest days, going on previous years, are expected to be Monday 30 December andThursday 2 January.

EDIPCONVTARGET
24/12/13Tue137[182]51[68]37%[37%]98%
25/12/13Wed160[172]56[74]35%[43%]99%
26/12/13Thu180[176]67[67]37%[38%]97%
PROJECTIONS
27/12/13Fri1787442%
28/12/13Sat1796161%
29/12/13Sun1855858%
30/12/13Mon1967337%
31/12/13Tue1736638%
01/01/14Wed1717242%
02/01/14Thu1826938%

About Waikato District Health Board and Health Waikato:

Waikato DHB is responsible for planning, funding and providing quality health and disability support services for the 373,220 people living in the Waikato DHB region. It has an annual turnover of $1.2 billion and employs more than 6450 people.

Health Waikato is the DHB’s main provider of hospital and health services. It has six groups across five hospital sites, three primary birthing units, two continuing care facilities and 20 community bases offering a comprehensive range of primary, secondary and tertiary health services.

A wide range of independent providers deliver other Waikato DHB-funded health services - including primary health, pharmacies and community laboratories.

www.waikatodhb.health.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Super Rugby: Parade To Celebrate Highlanders’ Win

The Dunedin City Council is urging people to come along on Monday to congratulate the team on its win in Wellington tonight. The Highlanders will leave from outside the Dental School at midday. More>>

ALSO:

Album Review: Donnie Trumpet And The Social Experiments: Surf

Chance the Rapper is one of my favourite rappers of the last couple years. He bought a uniquely fucked up, acid sound with his debut Acid Rap which has demonstrably influenced others including ILoveMakonnen and A$AP Rocky. It’s remarkable that, at such a ... More>>

Photos: Inside The Christchurch Arts Centre Rebuild

Lady Pippa Blake visited Christchurch Arts Centre chief executive André Lovatt, a 2015 recipient of the Blake Leader Awards. The award celebrated Lovatt’s leadership in New Zealand and hisand dedication to the restoration of the Arts Centre. More>>

Running Them Up The Flagpole: Web Tool Lets Public Determine New Zealand Flag

A School of Design master’s student is challenging the flag selection process by devising a web tool that allows the public to feed their views back in a way, he says, the current government process does not. More>>

ALSO:

Survey: ‘The Arts Make My Life Better’: New Zealanders

New Zealanders are creative people who believe being involved in the arts makes their lives better and their communities stronger. Nine out of ten adult New Zealanders (88%) agree the arts are good for them and eight out of ten (82%) agree that the arts help to improve New Zealand society. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Reprieve For Te Papa Press

Following its review of the role of Te Papa Press, Te Papa has committed to continue publishing books during the museum’s redevelopment, Chief Executive Rick Ellis announced yesterday. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news