Health bosses have installed sliding glass doors in a hospital’s busy emergency department – in an effort to ‘future proof’ the facility against Covid-19.
They have been erected around each isolation bay in the resuscitation area at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in an effort to provide a permanent solution to managing coronavirus within the department.
Medics say Covid-19 has ‘changed the world of medicine’ – and they must now adapt.
During the first phase of the pandemic temporary emergency measures were put in place in the emergency department where patients were separated into high and low-risk potential cases while higher-risk patients were cared for in isolation cubicles. ‘Red’ and ‘green’ areas were created to separate and isolate patients as necessary.
The sliding doors were installed in Stafford’s County Hospital earlier this year and they have now been rolled out at Royal Stoke.
Dr Richard Hall, clinical director for urgent and emergency care, said: “Covid-19 has changed the world of medicine and we have to adapt to that.
“Because we never know who is going to come through the doors, we have to make sure we have the maximum level of protection in place for patients and staff. The doors will help to keep patients safer during their most critical and vulnerable time, regardless of their known or unknown Covid status. They also give great visibility so we are still able to watch people carefully.
“Having these new measures will also help to improve patient flow within the department as we will not be limited to the use of colour-coded restricted areas for care.”
The measures come after the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) NHS Trust – which runs the Royal Stoke and County Hospital – has been forced to temporary operations due to a severe demand on hospital services.
StokeonTrentLive has previously reported how the Royal Stoke had moved back to the highest alert level as Covid infections rise in the area. UHNM entered escalation level four – which means non-emergency operations have been suspended at the Royal Stoke and County Hospital.
The hospital says the move to install the sliding doors have been taken in line with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s infection prevention and control advice for managing patients with Covid-19.
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