Emergency Department Flooded with Flu Patients
Tauranga Hospital's Emergency Department is heaving with patients presenting flu symptoms. The District Health Board says they've noticed a definite increase in people admitted with the virus. Several patients were kept in for observation over the weekend. Duty Medical Health Officer Neil De Wet says the virus will continue to spread and is urging those affected to stay at home. He says as an extra precaution, get immunised.
Radiographers on Strike
A Bay of Plenty radiographers strike this week could on the contrary bring benefits to patients. Forty Tauranga Hospital radiographers will work to rule, and won't provide an overnight service for patients. APEC National Secretary Deborah Powell says after a year of bargaining they're hoping to finally settle pay disputes. But she says the radiographers will be taking a standard amount of time to examine patients.
Lucky Escape as Car Plunges 10m
It was treacherous conditions on Bay of Plenty roads yesterday. One car plunged 10 metres down a bank along the Kaimai ranges, just after midday. Fire spokesman Mark Keller says the car lost control and crashed. No one sustained injuries, but one girl was badly shaken.
Official Police Twitter Presence
New Zealand Police now has an official presence on Twitter. The @Police_NZ Twitter feed provides followers with news stories, Communications Centres alerts and the Commissioner’s blog. Bay of Plenty district also has its own Twitter feed via @BOPPolice For more information about these sites or to subscribe, visit www.police.govt.nz/new-zealand-police-twitter