Rotorua Hospital's 180 beds remained full today after reaching capacity on the weekend. In a statement on Sunday, the hospital said it was not expecting to have many discharges and Rotorua residents have been told not to go to the Rotorua Hospital emergency department unless it's a "real emergency". Samantha Olley reports.

Rotorua Hospital saw a 35 per cent increase in patients arriving at the emergency department on Saturday, compared with a normal weekend.

That was followed by a 20 per cent increase on Sunday when staff declared the hospital was full.

Today a spokeswoman said up to 20 per