A gym hall has been adapted as a new covid ward. So if there is a rise in the number of infected patients the hospital can quickly change over and make room for 36 new beds in the new ward.
– We've seen a reduction over the past few days. We hope this will continue, but we must always be one step ahead and be prepared, says Britt-Marie Cartbo, deputy head administrator of the hospital.
The decision to open a new covid ward was made at the beginning of January. Six working days later it was ready to be taken into use.
– Now 19 places have a permanent oxygen supply. Everything here has been done extremely quickly, says Patrik Lindén, head of operations for Regionservice in Kristianstad and Hässleholm.
There will be hospital beds along both the long sides of the gym. If necessary, a row of beds can be installed in the middle of the ward.
– If things get acute, a lot of material from other wards will be brought in here, says Anna Hansson, who is in charge of the unit.
When patients are moved from one of the present covid wards to the new one, they are rolled into an adjoining room in their beds - a barrier. The barrier will also be used as a storeroom for the material that is necessary to run the ward.