Hospital establishes decision unit
In an effort to further isolate vulnerable patients and staff from potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has established a Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) in Jemmotts Lane, St Michael.
According to a statement from the hospital, “The CDU will provide 24-hour medical care in tandem with the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department (AED) to persons identified by the AED, who require emergency medical assistance in this unit. These individuals will undergo an initial medical assessment i.e. triage, under the white tent erected on the exterior of the AED. Patients who are gravely ill will be seen and treated in the AED. Stable patients who require immediate medical care will be transported by ambulance to the CDU for observation and treatment.”
The CDU was established on April 20.
Patients with minor medical complaints will continue to be referred to the 24-hour Winston Scott Polyclinic.
The statement said all patients who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to call the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ 24-hour COVID hotline at 536-4600 prior to presenting to the AED. This hotline is staffed by trained public health officers who will advise callers. (PR)
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