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Published Friday 14 Jul 2017

With winter in full swing, the Emergency Department at Hutt Hospital is currently extremely busy.

ED Clinical Nurse Manager Mike Johnson says the season is a real challenge for the department, with more patients and longer wait times putting everyone under pressure.

“We’re asking people to take care of themselves and not leave their health issues to the last minute - we’re seeing many people in ED with serious health conditions that could’ve been nipped in the bud early on. Give the team at your doctor’s clinic a call or call the health experts at Healthline for early advice.”

“We also see a lot of people in ED with minor health issues that could be better managed at home or by their GP."

"We’re here for people who need urgent or emergency care. All we ask is that people stop and think and get some advice before they come to us – keep ED free for those who really need our care."

“If you’re unsure, give Healthline a call and they can give you free, expert advice over the phone about where and when you should be seen by someone,” he says.