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Staff Knuckle Down as Hospitals Buckle Under COVID

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(Jamaica Gleaner) The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in St Andrew has rung alarm bells and is in crisis mode as wards spill over with patients under the weight of the coronavirus outbreak.

Kevin Allen, chief executive officer of the UHWI, said the hospital was bursting at the seams as all four tents on the premises were full.

“We have agreed that we are going to reallocate and put the patients on one of the wards, so that we can make another 24 beds available to release the pressure …,” he said in a phone interview with The Gleaner while in a task force meeting on Monday evening.

On Monday, Allen reported that two wards and an intensive care unit designated for COVID-19 patients, as well as the wards at emergency medicine and the isolation area, were full. At last count, nine COVID-positive patients at the UHWI were critically ill.

It was revealed on Tuesday that 25 beds were being allocated for an additional COVID-19 ward at the UHWI.

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