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Hospitals resume work as crisis measures lifted

A SLEW of hospitals in Shanghai have finished closed-loop management and reopened on Saturday morning.

Shanghai reported three locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Thursday. About 20 hospitals and branches were put under lockdown for cooperative investigation. Outpatient and emergency services were suspended.

Ruijin, Zhongshan, Tongji and Minhang District Central hospitals, the first four put under lockdown, reopened to the public after finishing medical screening.

Ruijin resumed normal medical services at 6am on Saturday, when its outpatient service ran as usual. It added an outpatient service yesterday to meet the needs of patients.

Normally, the hospital provides outpatient services only from Monday to Saturday.

The hospital’s emergency department received its first patient by ambulance at 7:12am. All medical services worked properly.

Hospital officials, senior doctors and directors of departments visited patients, gave them a letter of gratitude and accompanied them on the exit.

There were 37 scheduled surgery on Saturday at Ruijin.

Tongji Hospital also resumed medical services at 6am and provided extra outpatient services on Saturday and also yesterday. It also provides nucleic acid tests 24 hours a day.

Zhongshan Hospital resumed normal services at 8am with outpatient service available on Saturday and yesterday.

Minhang District Central Hospital also returned to normal operation on Saturday.

More hospitals resumed normal operation later.

Meanwhile, outpatient and emergency services at hospitals which underwent lockdowns due to medical screening on Saturday, ran smoothly yesterday.

Xinhua Hospital, which restarted operations at 6pm on Saturday, received the first ambulance three minutes later. Emergency services resumed quickly, and its nucleic acid testing also started its 24-hour service.

Its outpatient department began to receive patients at 6:45am yesterday. Registration started at 7am, when patients went to the outpatient hall.

A 68-year-old woman said she had a reservation at the respiratory disease department on Friday afternoon but received a short message that the service was unavailable at Friday noon.

“I reserved the outpatient immediately after learning the service is available today,” she said. “The extra service on Sunday is really convenient and will avoid the gathering on a busy Monday morning.”

Many white-collar patients were glad of the Sunday outpatient service, which meant not having to apply for leave.


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