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Unless it's an emergency the GP should always be your first choice

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Unless it's an emergency the GP should always be your first choice

Unless it's an emergency the GP should always be the first choice is the message from Hawke's Bay Hospitals' chief medical officer John Gommans as the number of presentations to ED increases with winter setting in.

Dr Gommans said both the Emergency Department and hospital were under pressure with a wide variety of medical conditions, accident related injuries and extremely ill patients.

"We are asking the community to recognise this is a very busy time and there may be significant delays before they are seen," he said.

Dr Gommans said physicians in ED had also noticed a range of medical conditions such as skin infections and chest infections that had developed into more serious illnesses which could have been prevented if they had sought medical attention from a GP early on in their illness.

Peter Foley, chief medical officer for primary and a Napier GP said General Practice was keen to help all patients receive timely care in their community so medical conditions were treated before they got so bad people needed hospital care.

"We need to all help keep the hospital free to look after the serious ill or injured," Dr Foley said

Today, like a number of days over the past month the hospital is on red alert, and unless people are seriously ill they may face significant delays waiting in ED, Dr Gommans said.

Anyone wanting a list of GP Accident and Medical centres and their opening hours could call 0800 33 88 99

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