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Increase in medical visits across NZ

DEMAND for healthcare is increasing in Gisborne and across the country, says Hauora Tairawhiti chief executive Jim Green.He told his board that medical admissions had gone up 2 percent in the first ten months of the (2018-2019) year, compared to the same period last year. That was a level of increase close to expectation.But the compounding effect of admission increases from the past four year-on-year comparisons are 2 percent, 5 percent, 16 percent and 18 percent. This shows the growth in demand experienced at Gisborne Hospital, and also at primary care level throughout the country, said Mr Green.Acute admissions from the Emergency Department were “reasonably flat” but the number of ED presentations were continuing to increase.Mr Green’s written report said ED admissions were up by 137 in October. This was more than the effect of the 31st day in October.Admissions were up 4 percent on the previous October.ED admissions were down 5 percent in the last four months compared to a 4.9 percent in presentations.Mr Green said strikes and an anaesthetist shortage explained why (provisional) figures recorded that the surgical discharge target was not achieved in October.Provisionally there were 156 discharges compared to a target of 206.There were 496 patients who received their first specialists appointment this financial year, compared to a target of 485.