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Hospital’s festive season has fewer calls but the injuries were worse

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January 05, 2018

ECHUCA hospital treated more than 700 people over nine days of the Christmas and New Year period.

ECHUCA hospital treated more than 700 people over nine days of the Christmas and New Year period.

A total of 735 people presented to the emergency department between December 25 and January 2.

But it wasn’t as busy as the same time last year, which saw 889 people treated.

ED unit manager Craig Frew said although the number of presentations was less compared to the previous year, the severity of the injuries was higher.

‘‘There have been a variety of presentations at emergency, with several river-related accidents.

‘‘That was alongside people treated for burns, limb injuries including fractures, abdominal pain, motor vehicle and motorbike accidents,’’ Mr Frew said.

‘‘There have also been several presentations related to drugs and alcohol.’’

Mr Frew said Echuca Regional Health rostered extra nursing, medical, clerical and security staff to help with the increased demand.

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