Heatwave keeps hospital on toes

THE Bendigo Health emergency department treated six heatstroke patients and five cases of dehydration during the heatwave last week. 

A Bendigo Health spokesman said overall presentation numbers were down but the severity of the cases caused concern. 

He said many of the affected patients suffered from multi-organ failure and required intensive care and resuscitation.  

There were no cases of heat-related illness presented to the department on January 14 or January 19. 

The department was presented with three cases of dehydration and one case of heatstroke on January 16.  

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