Essential services and urgent care will still be provided by the public health system, SDHB chief executive Chris Fleming said. However, the SDHB had cancelled all outpatient services and elective surgery across the district. The private sector was also cancelling elective operations, with Dunedin’s Mercy Hospital admitting its final patients today and planning to have discharged all patients by Thursday. Southland Hospital has 6 ICU beds and can comfortably sustain two ventilated patients short-term. Lakes District Hospital does not have ICU beds, and sends patients on immediately after giving them urgent treatment.
Source: Otago Daily Times March 23, 2020 15:22 UTC