Published Thursday 24 Oct 2019
On Tuesday, for 24 hours, Wairarapa hospital was in code red for the second time this year.
With all beds full, capacity was stretched beyond what was manageable and some elective surgeries (planned surgery by appointment) were cancelled in order to treat urgent need.
For some patients, it was not the first time their appointment was put off. Wairarapa DHB Chief Medical Officer, Shawn Sturland, explains.