UNIVERSITY Hospital Waterford continues to evolve in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since the first confirmed case emerged in Waterford on March 10, the hospital has taken significant steps to make sure that it is prepared for as many eventualities as possible. Some of these changes include:
- Two designated Covid-19 wards in the Dunmore Wing
- A designated ICU Ward (the intention is to more than treble the amount of ICU beds in the hospital)
- A portable extension to the mortuary
- Cancellation of some elective procedures, freeing up approximately 150 beds.
- The transfer of oncology wards to UPMC Whitfield
And this evening, the entrance to the Emergency Department has been temporarily reconditioned to facilitate a new Covid-19 Triage area.
This will involve a suspected Covid-19 patient, who is showing signs of respiratory issues or fever going into what is referred to as a “Dirty ED”. The “Clean ED” will be reserved then for any other patient suffering from other issues such as normal pains, broken bones, cuts etc.
The South/South West Hospital Group (S/SWHG) this week confirmed that the following private hospitals: Bon Secours Cork, Bon Secours Kerry, Mater Private Hospital Cork and UPMC Whitfield, Waterford, will be working with the South/South West Hospital Group in their efforts to combat the COVID-19 virus.
Following an agreement reached on Tuesday between the Government and The Private Hospitals Association, arrangements have been put in place as part of the State’s efforts to combat the virus and will remain in place for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis.
There are now a total of 14 hospitals working together as part of the South/South West Hospital Group with the sole objective of supporting the community at this challenging time. This arrangement will remain in place while the Covid 19 crisis lasts.