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All the hospitals in Warsaw received an alert this week on this matter. - The voivode is preparing to expand the number of hospital beds for the newly infected - stated Vice President of Warsaw Paweł Rabiej, in charge of health policy in the city.

- The voivode sent letters to all municipal hospitals to present a plan to transform or create a ward in each of them with 50 places, including five ICU beds by the end of the week. We are able to organize this and to transfer patients. We also have 30 new beds with ventilators, which we bought recently. We're just waiting for a decision.- Rabiej adds.

Voivode: Expected increase in coronavirus infections

We also know that the voivode's letter reached some of the clinics that are under the voivodeship’s mandate (including the Bródnowski Hospital and the hospital in Pruszków). According to its content, Mazovia is getting ready for a new wave of infections, including more cases of acute COVID-19 disease. The letter states: (..) in connection with the significant increase in the number of people infected with the Covid-19 virus in the coming weeks, including those requiring intensive treatment with ventilators, I am asking you to urgently develop a plan to separate a part of each hospital (preferably one - two wards), and provide them with at least 50 beds, including 10% of so-called ICU beds. "

The voivode instructs that the newly separated part of the hospital should be isolated. "The management and staff must be aware that there will be shortages of beds for patients with Covid-19 in hospitals with infectious wards and they will need to be transported to other hospitals," he warns.

Patients with COVID-19 will not fit in infectious wards

A large influx of patients to hospitals is expected "in the next 2-3 weeks". - We understand the voivode's letter and we are prepared for the increase in the number of infected. But we are afraid of what will happen when we open all hospitals for them - says Marta Milewska, spokeswoman for the Mazovian marshal's office. - After all, specific Covid-19 hospitals were established for a reason. They were meant to only take care of patients infected with coronavirus. This was justified in order to avoid transmission to other patients. Now directors of hospitals which are not infectious facilities have learned that they are to set up wards for patients with COVID-19. They are afraid of this because they have patients with various diseases who will be at risk of infection. And since they are patients, they are in the high risk group. We understand, however, that there is such a need and we will be prepared for this. 

In Warsaw, in addition to the Ministry of Interior and Administration hospital at ul. Wołoska, which is a dedicated Covid-19 hospital and is intended for the treatment of coronavirus-infected patients (it has over 450 beds for them), patients with COVID-19 are being taken care of in the infectious diseases hospital at ul. Wolska, in the hospital at Szaserów and in the children's hospital at ul. Żwirki i Wigury (only children).

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