Christchurch’s Emergency Department “very busy” tonight

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Mar 05, 2024 |

Christchurch Hospital’s Emergency Department is experiencing higher than usual patient numbers for the second night, leading to longer wait times for non-emergency cases.

A spokesperson said everyone coming to the ED is assessed for urgency soon after arrival, however, unless it’s an emergency, you can expect to wait to be seen.

“If it’s not a life-threatening emergency, please call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for free health advice 24/7 or visit one of the websites below for health information and guidance.

“If you live in, or are visiting a rural area, you can try Ka Ora, a new telehealth service for those in rural area – including Ashburton. Call Ka Ora on 0800 252 672 – you can have a virtual appointment with a clinician the same day. Fees may apply.

“If you have a medical emergency and you require urgent assistance, please call 111 immediately. A medical emergency includes chest pain or tightness, difficulty breathing, choking, severe bleeding or bleeding that won’t stop, sudden weakness or difficulty talking, fainting, or unconsciousness.

Patients coming in with non-urgent conditions can expect an extended wait while staff provide care to people needing emergency treatment and care.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

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