SON Dureta hospital in Palma attended to 6.8 percent more emergencies in June and July this year than in the same period last year, with 23'618 cases.
Most of these were considered “minor cases” which did not require admission to hospital and included sunburn, sunstroke, bites and stings and gastroenteritis.
According to sources from IB-Salut (the Balearic Health Service), in June there were 11'461 emergencies in comparison with the 10'712 recorded in June 2005, an increase of 6.9 percent. In July there were 12'157 cases of this type, as opposed to the 11'286 in July 2005, which was an increase of 7.7 percent.
Son Dureta attended to an average of 376 emergencies per day in June and 405 in July, while the amount of people admitted to hospital from these cases rose by just four percent in July, 51 per day, and in June it fell by two percent with an average of 48 per day.
IB-Salut recommends that people phone 061 for advice about the gravity of their illness before going to hospital.

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