Waikato Hospital on a downward spiral

Waikato Hospital is at “overload” and having to reschedule surgery and turn away non-emergency patients from the hospital’s emergency department.

Hospital bosses are blaming the start of winter and influx of patients through the ED who are then being admitted to hospital.

The situation has sparked claims of a “crisis” on social media, with suggestions any patient who does not have a life-threatening injury or disease is now being discharged by the hospital into the care and management of their GP.

A Whaleoil reader reported that happened to her.  A debilitating gall bladder was causing ambulance call-outs a number of times a week.  At the hospital they would apply pain relief and then send her back home.  

“Waikato Hospital is in overload and above capacity which is leading to increased numbers of patients waiting in our ED for an inpatient bed,” said clinical director general medicine Dr Douglas Stephenson.

“Because of this situation and for the safety of our patients we are having to reschedule patients for elective surgery that are not cancer or emergency type surgeries.

“Doctors and nurses are doing everything they can to attend to patients care in a timely manner.

In the end the reader refused to go home.  She more or less staged a sit-in until they would schedule surgery.  The absolute waste of ambulance time, ward resources and admin that’s involved in turning people away is time that can’t be spent on fixing patients.

I’m not suggesting Waikato is under-resourced.  But it is clearly also in the middle of a management crisis.


– NZ Herald

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