3 Aug 2021

High patient and staff sickness prompts call to avoid Christchurch ED if possible

2:23 pm on 3 August 2021

The Canterbury District Health Board is urging people to only visit Christchurch Hospital's emergency department in an emergency.

170414. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. Christchurch Hospital main Entrance

File image. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

It says a high number of patients and staff sickness mean people will likely be in for a long wait if their condition is not urgent

The chief medical officer Helen Skinner said the hospital had 527 patients overnight - 105 people were being treated in the emergency department.

The hospital is asking people to call their GP first.

Christchurch also has three urgent care clinics that can treat a range of conditions.