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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hanover E-R Busy

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Stats show almost 18 thousand visits to Hanover Hospital Emergency Room in 2010.

The stats are in -- and the emergency department at the Hanover and District hospital is busy.

Almost 18 thousand people visited the Hanover Hospital Emergency Room last year -- that works out to be an average of 49 visits a day.

Vice President of Patient Care Services Esther Millar says the numbers are impressive for the small hospital.

Unlike larger hospitals, she says Hanover doesn't have the luxury of calling down cardiac or mental health specialists for treatments.

Instead, she says local doctors and nurses have to be extremely skilled and possess a wide knowledge of the various illnesses and treatments to best serve patients.

About 45 per cent of all visits to the E-R are considered minor in nature.

And 20 per cent of those who visited the E-R in the last year do not have a family doctor.

Those patients accounted for 28 hundred of the 17,500 plus visits in 2010.

Millar says an additional family doctor would go a long way in reducing some of the pressure and congestion put on the Hanover ER.

But Millar notes their E-R wait times are well below the provincial average with the maximum wait time averaging between 1 and 2 hours.

Millar says many people from outside the area are traveling to Hanover to take advantage of the shorter ER wait times.


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