COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Regional Health will begin treating adult and pediatric patients with flu-like illnesses in a separate space in efforts to better service all patients.
Such patients will be treated in a modular building called the 'Influenza Clinic' located in the Emergency Services parking lot. Medical staff will be increased to cover the new treatment zone.
Flu-related cases will be treated separately because Emergency Services is becoming overwhelmed with flu patients and such cases need to be segmented from other patient populations for infection control reasons. Columbus Regional can also care for these patients more quickly if they are directed to a treatment plan specific to flu-related illnesses.
The hospital experienced an all-time high of 9,531 encounters in January and treats between 50 to 100 flu-related patients each day.
"We are just trying to do a better job at seeing those patients speedily and efficiently, so we are putting up this influenza type clinic out here in our parking lot," says Nursing Manager Ashley Forsythe.
Midtown Medical will begin treating patients ages 2 to 64 in the Influenza Clinic Friday, Feb. 16 during the hours of 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Treatment in the building will continue until flu season peaks and flu patients return to normal levels.