Shanghai medical workers close Wuhan ward
Medical workers from Renji Hospital and Shanghai Seventh People's Hospital closed a ward at Leishenshan Hospital in Wuhan on Thursday after the last coronavirus disease patient was discharged.
Ward chief Chen Sheng said they will join the intensive care unit team on Friday.
The ward, which began taking coronavirus disease patients on February 23, had treated 52 patients, 51 of whom had recovered. The other patient was transferred to another ward.
Le Ye, the ward’s head nurse, said that, in contrast to the ICU, medics placed more emphasis on patients' mental health and private needs.
Its last patient, surnamed Zhu, had been transferred to the ward on March 30. After her condition remained stable and she tested negative twice, she left hospital on Thursday.
Following her departure, the medics handed medical facilities, drugs and supplies and patients' medical records over to the hospital. They cleaned and sterilized the ward before leaving.
"Leishenshan Hospital is unique as it was built as a makeshift hospital for treating coronavirus disease patients in the pandemic. Like the patients, we medical workers also hope it can close as soon as possible with all its patients recovered,” said Lin Yan, leader of the seventh people's hospital's medical team.
"Our ward is a barometer of the epidemic. At the beginning, the patients came often and needed to wait for beds. Later, the number of patients requiring hospitalization dropped. In the past two weeks, there were no new patients coming or being transferred to the ward, which proves that the pandemic has been well controlled."
Lin said Leishenshan Hospital now had only tens of patients in four wards and two intensive care units who were being taken care of by the medical workers from Shanghai.