(WFSB) – More COVID infections could put a strain on Connecticut emergency rooms.
Eyewitness News has heard that patients have to wait longer for a room
Officials at St. Mary’s Hospital say patients may have to wait longer than usual for a bed to become available in a hospital unit. This is due to the rise in hospitalizations linked to COVID
Wait times can also fluctuate at Hartford HealthCare. The head of emergency medicine said that at times they can be very busy, but no one will be left behind.
“I don’t want people to worry about coming to the hospital and having to wait, especially if they have worrying symptoms, if they are short of breath, if they have chest pain, if they think they are “They are having a stroke. It shouldn’t be long before they worry that they have to wait,” Dr Ken Robinson, director of emergency medicine at Hartford Hospital,
Officials at Yale New Haven Hospital say they are encouraging people to use emergency care facilities unless it is a real emergency.
To deal with the seasonal overflow of patients, Yale is adding temporary space.
Overall, the Connecticut Hospital Association is reminding people not to delay care, so call 911. Otherwise, the condition could get worse.