Hospital ED reports all quiet on holidays

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 05:00 27/12/2012

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Southland Hospital's emergency department was "relatively quiet" on Christmas Day and "well under control" on Boxing Day, duty managers reported, following a release from ACC last week warning people of the dangers of Christmas gifts and activities.

Last December, 58 Southlanders cost ACC $17,823 in claims for treatment, support and rehabilitation after injuring themselves on Christmas Day.

New Zealanders overall cost ACC more than $2 million for Christmas 2011. Some of the injuries nationally involved new toys, wrapping paper, crayfish and beach cricket. About 30 per cent of the incidents involved alcohol.

No reports were available for Southland, ACC said.

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