St. Olav’s hospital relaxes emergency preparedness level

St. Olav hospitalPhoto: Annika Byrde / NTB

St. Olav’s hospital is lowering its emergency preparedness to the green level. More than 600 patients have had their surgery or treatment postponed while the hospital was operating at a higher level of preparedness.

On its website, the hospital states that they are now returning to the green level, with heightened preparedness.

“We have a window right now, and that means that we can treat more patients than we have managed in recent weeks. This is important with a view to catching up and carrying out some of what (i.e., treatments nad operations) we had postponed – before a possible new wave of infection starts,” hospital director Grethe Aasved said.

The hospital states that around 600 patients have had their surgery or treatment postponed in recent months.

New wave expected

An increased number of corona patients is expected to be admitted when the new wave of infection hits Trøndelag, which means that the hospital is ready to raise preparedness back to the yellow level quickly.

“We now have updated and solid contingency plans and can therefore make changes at short notice. We do not know how long we will have room for maneuver, but it is important that we make good use of the situation,” Aasved said.

“We are lowering the level of preparedness from yellow to green to resume part of the planned activity that has been postponed.” 

On Thursday, eleven corona patients were registered at St. Olav’s hospital. Two of the patients were on respirators.

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