ECHUCA hospital’s emergency department is expecting a busy weekend as thousands of people flock to town for the Southern 80 ski race.
And with 204 patients seen over the three days last year, the hospital is anticipating the same this year.
‘‘We definitely expect and are prepared for an increase in the number of presentations due to the increase in the population associated with Southern 80, however it is unpredictable,’’ Echuca Regional Health emergency department unit manager Craig Frew said.
‘‘There are a variety of presentations, including alcohol and drug-related issues, minor trauma, burns, fractures, dehydration, lacerations as well as our usual day-to-day presentations.’’
Mr Frew said because the hospital was always prepared for any emergency and often experienced times of peak demand, especially during summer holidays, there wasn’t any special preparation specifically for Southern 80.
‘‘But we do roster extra nursing, medical, security and clerical staff to assist with the increased presentations,’’ he said.
Mr Frew urged spectators and competitors to be safe this weekend.
‘‘Drink responsibly, watch out for your mates, have fun and enjoy the event,’’ he said.