More left ED without treatment
Dunedin Hospital’s emergency department has had a big increase in people leaving without being treated.
In a recent six-week period, almost 500 people opted to leave rather than wait to see a clinician, a report to yesterday’s Southern District Health Board commissioners meeting said.
Specialist services executive director Patrick Ng had analysed emergency department data from the past three years, and focused particularly on July 1 to mid-August – usually a time when winter ailments lead to patient numbers rising markedly.
He said in both years, about 6100 cases were handled by the department.
“Over this six-week timeframe, 495 patients did not wait to be seen this year compared to 231 last year, which is a fairly significant increase,” Mr Ng said.