Mount Carmel Hospital preparing for COVID-19 patients

Government announced that Mount Carmel Hospital is taking up several structural and procedural initiatives against COVID-19 to make sure that all patients are kept safe during their stay at the facility.

In a statement, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne explained that patients who are being admitted are screened for COVID-19 and are nursed in specific areas until a COVID swab result is obtained.

Also, all new admissions who are COVID-negative are receiving psychiatric care in admission wards, which act as holding bays, to ensure that asymptomatic newly admitted patients do not spread the virus to the more vulnerable patients in the chronic wards.

Minister Fearne explained that specific areas in the hospital have been set up for patients who are COVID-positive and require psychiatric care, as well as for patients who are in mandatory quarantine or patients who are recovering from the virus.

During a visit at the hospital, Minister for Health Chris Fearne had the opportunity to speak to several members of the staff at Mount Carmel Hospital as well as the staff in Community Mental Health Services, who are also receiving ongoing training on the use of personal protective equipment as well management of COVID-positive patients.

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