Tuesday 11 July 2023Media release3 minutes to read
The Emergency Department at Christchurch Hospital is currently under significant pressure.
Yesterday the ED team saw 412 people in a 24-hour period – this is a record number of presentations.
“As is always the case in ED, people who need care more urgently will be seen sooner and will get the care they need – those with less urgent conditions will have to wait, and currently the waiting times are longer than usual,” says Richard French, Canterbury’s Chief Medical Officer.
“If you don’t need emergency care, please phone Healthline on 0800 611 116 any time of the day or night and they can advise you on what to do and where to go if you do need to be seen urgently. You can also call your usual general practice or speak to your local pharmacist for health advice.”
“There is no single condition causing the high demand, it is a range of illnesses affecting the community.”
“Although we are asking for your help in reducing demand, if you are really unwell we do still want to see you. I apologise to those who are having to wait and understand that this can be particularly distressing when you are unwell,” Dr French says.
There are a number of options available if you have a non-urgent health problem and can't get in to see your general practice team.
A reminder, if you have a life-threatening emergency, do not hesitate, call 111.
Page last updated: 1 December 2023
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