Swine flu cases push hospital to crisis point
Jamie Morton | 18th August 2010
Sickness has smashed the region this week, causing a near overflow at Tauranga Hospital and pushing confirmed swine flu cases to record highs this year.
''As at Sunday, there were 51 confirmed Bay of Plenty swine flu cases and, on Monday afternoon, crisis plans were almost actioned when Tauranga Hospital's emergency department was swamped.
The influx of people presenting with minor injuries, influenza symptoms and non-emergency aches and pains caused a "brief period" when contingency plans were considered, Bay of Plenty District Health Board chief operating officer Phillip Balmer said.
"One hundred and eighty two people presented at our emergency department in the 24-hour period from 8am Monday to 8am Tuesday, and we admitted 66 people," he said.''http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/local ... t/3919504/