Cullen Park (8) gets medical attention from Oamaru
registered nurse Glynis Kappely, right, after a Christmas
morning skateboard accident. Photo by Andrew Ashton
Christmas Day saw Oamaru Hospital busier than usual, as
at least one extra staff member was brought in to help deal
with an influx of medical emergencies and mishaps.
By 10.30am ambulance officers had already made five trips to
the Oamaru emergency department - the first at 8am.
Duty nurse Viv Willson said the eight nurses who worked
eight-hour shifts over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
experienced a ''very busy'' two days.
The emergency department had been particularly busy dealing
with medical emergencies, she said.
Although Christmas was just a ''routine day'' for the
hospital staff, it was usually busier than most other days,
''We see absolutely everything, the same as any other day,
unfortunately. So we could be up for anything. We maybe do
get a few more visitors, in as out-of-towners.
''The last few years it has been very busy. We used to have
quiet ones, but not any more. This particular year we have
had two serious [medical] emergencies yesterday and one
Registered nurse Glynis Kappely, gave up her own Christmas
celebrations to help out in the emergency department on her
day off. She said that with ''the bases loaded'' in the ED
waiting room, it was necessary to come in.
''ED is very busy and the waiting room is full. The people we
have got here are feeling pretty miserable.''
Mrs Kappely said staff had treated a range on injuries and
''It has been more of a medical day today than a trauma day.
Mostly patients have come in feeling unwell with medical
conditions, and we have treated a few minor cuts and scrapes,
but no broken bones, fortunately.''
The maternity ward was also busy, delivering one baby on
Christmas Eve, and a woman was in labour on Christmas Day.