This year, Rotorua Hospital reached full capacity - twice. The beds were tight, more people showed up in the ED, patients already there needed to stay longer and staff were sick. People with the flu were urged to stay at home and make an appointment with their GP if the symptoms persisted or got worse. But for some, it's not that easy as more medical centres have needed to close their books for new registrations.

About a quarter of the medical centres in Rotorua are full and are not taking new registrations.

A small workforce, high demand for GPs

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