Hammerfest hospital stops admitting patients, all patients will be sent to other hospitals

Hammerfest hospitalPhoto: Finnmarkssykehuset / NTB

The hospital in Hammerfest introduced a stop to hospitalizations to reduce the spread of infection. 

“This is a scenario we have envisioned and which we have prepared for. A solid job has been done in advance to ensure that we have good preparedness and resources in place before we reduce the remaining operations at the hospital,” CEO Siri Tau Ursin at Finnmark Hospital said.

The admissions will stop temporarily for two weeks, and patients who should have been admitted to the hospital will instead be transferred to the hospitals in Alta, Kirkenes, and Tromsø.

This also applies to emergency patients, who will be stabilized at the hospital before they are sent on. 

Emergency admissions at the pediatric ward are routed to UNN-Tromsø.

Pregnant women who have planned birth in Hammerfest will be sent to Kirkenes or the University Hospital of Northern Norway in Tromsø.

120 employees in quarantine

Two additional ambulance aircraft will be stationed in Finnmark. 

In addition, the car ambulance service in Western Finnmark can be manned at short notice.

On Friday, the hospital in Hammerfest registered 19 employees with coronavirus. 

It currently has 120 employees in quarantine. 

The hospital has four COVID-19 inpatients that will remain in the hospital. 

A total of 29 cases of infection were registered in Hammerfest municipality on Friday afternoon.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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