Tauranga's population growth does not just lead to more people milling about our malls and enjoying the beach. It also leads to more people lining up to see the doctor when the winter flu season hits. Bay of Plenty Times reporter Jean Bell delves into the data that shows the hospital juggled a record number of people this winter in recent years and what the Bay of Plenty District Health Board is planning to do about it.


A wintery day this June saw more than 200 people turn up at Tauranga Hospital's emergency department.

On the busiest day in June,

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