It could be at least three days before Lakes District Health Board’s computer system, containing crucial patient information, is restored, after a fire at Rotorua Hospital.
The Rotorua Fire Brigade was called to the fire at 12.50am yesterday , which was contained in the hospital’s uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) system.
Eight elective surgeries planned for today and some out-patient clinics have been cancelled. Those patients affected have been contacted.
Lakes DHB communications officer Sue Wilkie urged people not to go to the emergency department unless their situation was an emergency, because the outage was causing delays in services.
She said services across the Lakes area, including Taupo Hospital, had been affected, not just those at Rotorua Hospital.
The cause of the fire is unknown, as is when the DHB will be able to get its computer system back up and running.
“We really don’t know how long the system will be down. The assessment of the damage is still continuing but it could be at least three days.”
NZME-Rotorua Daily Post