Hawke's Bay doctors are working feverishly as winter flu and injuries overwhelm the region's medical centres and the hospital's Emergency Department.
Acting Chief Medical and Dental Officer Dr Colin Hutchison said Hawke's Bay Hospital had been stretched by a wide variety of illnesses and injuries.
On Monday, July 2, the Emergency Department experienced its third-equal busiest day since December 2015 with 165 presentations (resulting in 62 admissions).
The average daily rate of admissions from ED is about 40.
Monday, July 15 also saw an increased number of presentations, with 163, resulting in 70 admissions.
Hutchison said winter viral illnesses had