10 Mar 2022

Doctors are already exhaused with peak weeks away

From Morning Report, 6:08 am on 10 March 2022

An Auckland emergency doctor says her exhausted colleagues are expecting a busy couple of weeks even as hospital cases appear close to peaking.

Latest DHB figures show up to 40 percent of people at Middlemore's ED have the virus, with a quarter in Auckland City Hospital and a fifth at North Shore.

Elspeth Frascatore works in one of the city's EDs and represents the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists.

She told RNZ's health correspondent Rowan Quinn emergency teams are used to working hard but the past few weeks have been another level some days.