Surge beds ready for flu patients

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When flu season hits, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance says it will be ready.

For the second straight year, the province has provided $302,000 to fund five surge beds between December and March.

Those beds are earmarked to handle patients who are admitted with flu-like symptom or other serious seasonal ailments.

“We anticipate higher volumes of people coming to emergency department and higher admissions as a result,” said Lori Marshall, president and CEO of CKHA. “The funding allows us to open those beds up and staff those beds.”

The CKHA will hire additional personal as needed to service the patients in those beds with the funding from the province.

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