NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (WTNH) – There has been a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks and those numbers are expected to rise. At Yale New Haven Hospital, they are doing what they can to prepare for and meet this demand.
The turnaround, just outside the main entrance to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, will soon become an annex to the emergency room. There will be room for approximately 35 patient areas.
“In preparation for the flu season and our expectations for the increase in the number of additional COVID patients, we have identified areas inside and outside to provide us with more space if demanded by our patients are increasing, âsaid Michael Holmes, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Yale New Haven Hospital.
The hope of this temporary space is to avoid a backup in waiting rooms and corridors of the emergency department. Holmes shared with News 8 what it will look like when finished.
“We’re going to put in new flooring, walls all around, we’ll have heaters, we’ll have bathrooms,” Holmes said. âProbably for the lower priority, less acuity, and less sick emergency patients who present. “
The need for that extra space isn’t just a result of the pandemic and cold and flu season.
âPatients who have delayed their care in the past 24 months or since the start of the pandemic are coming back,â Holmes said. âNot only do they come back, but they also come back sicker. “
They also stay longer and increase the occupancy rate.
âOur teams are extremely tired,â said Holmes. âSo anything the community can do to help us prevent these outbreaks – for example, please get the vaccine, please recall, please get the flu shot, please wear your mask. “
The recovery of the north pavilion, outside the Smilow cancer center, will be used in the interim. Construction of this space is already underway and should be completed by mid-January.