14 Jul 2013

Waikato Hospital at capacity

8:13 pm on 14 July 2013

The Waikato District Health Board says Waikato Hospital is overloaded with patients and extra staff have been called in to ease the situation.

A hospital spokesperson, Jo-Anne Deane says the 600-bed hospital has been running at 98 to 101% occupancy all week.

She says extra staff were called in on Sunday to assess patients.

Non-urgent patients were asked to consider seeing alternative medical providers or returning in the morning.

Ms Deane says patients should visit the emergency department only in the case of a real emergency.