During stage 4 lockdown, patient numbers at Waikato Hospital dipped beneath the extent of Christmas – which is normally the quietest time.
Christmas-time persistently brings the quietest days at Waikato Hospital – save in the midst of a pandemic-induced lockdown.
Christmas and Boxing Days have featured in Waikato Hospital’s quietest three days in all however one of many previous 5 years.
But numbers dipped properly beneath ordinary Christmas ranges in the course of the stage 4 lockdown for Covid-19.
About 430 sufferers spent Christmas 2019 in Waikato Hospital, whereas there have been simply 258 on March 30, the hospital’s quietest lockdown day.
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That’s beneath even on the hospital’s quietest day previously 5 years – 320 sufferers on Christmas Day, 2015.
The busiest day in the course of the top of pandemic precautions was April 20, 2019, with 404 sufferers.
Outside these distinctive circumstances, there was a 29-day stretch when Waikato was greater than 90 per cent full, from mid-August to mid-September 2019.
On its busiest days that 12 months – with round 640 sufferers – it reached 96 per cent capability.
Over the previous 5 years, all of the hospital’s busiest days fell within the Tuesday to Thursday interval, all however one in July, August or September.
The area’s smaller hospitals have far fewer beds, which makes a starker distinction between their busiest and quietest days.
For occasion, Te Kūiti Hospital crammed all its 12 beds on its three busiest days in 2019, but additionally had a day with no sufferers.
And Thames Hospital crammed 39 out of 40 beds on its busiest day final 12 months, however simply 12 on its quietest.