The Cité-de-la-Santé Hospital in Laval will make more room for patients with COVID-19 within its walls.
The directive was issued earlier this week, we are told, by the Department of Health and Social Services. The addition of beds, called “red beds”, will lead to a reorganization in some care units.
Laval’s Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) also indicates that, since January 4, operating activities have been reduced in five rooms rather than 11. The operating room is open 24 hours a day, as in Usually, but evenings and nights we only operate emergencies.
“The new rules that have been sent to us indicate that in addition to the 15 red beds in intensive care, the Cité-de-la-santé Hospital must open 60 red beds within its walls. This is the equivalent of three complete units that will have to be closed and converted, ”explained Jean-François Houle, of the Syndicat des Travailleurs CISSS de Laval-CSN, on Wednesday.
The union is also worried about other patients.
“We find that a little worrying because we are afraid of running out of space for regular patients. I repeat, by adding 60 red beds, these are three units that will be closed. We will not be able to put regular patients in these departments because the red stays with the red and the green with the green. For Mr. and Mrs. Everyone, there will be much less beds available at the hospital, ”said Mr. Houle.
Since the start of the pandemic, Laval has been the fourth region in Quebec most affected by COVID-19, with an assessment as of Wednesday of 165 new cases for a total of 19,704 since last March.