Designated COVID-19 hospitals resuming normal services

Cai Wenjun
Hospital that have been operating as designated COVID-19 centers since as long ago as March are now treating patients for a full range of ailments again.
Cai Wenjun

Local hospitals, which served as designated facilities for COVID-19 patients during the pandemic, have gradually resumed normal operations.

Shanghai 6th People's Hospital's Lingang branch in the Pudong New Area resumed regular services on Monday after being declared a designated hospital on April 3.

By June 16, a total of 660 medical staff from five teams around the country and the hospital's own nearly 1,000 medics had been working in the facility, which received 2,093 COVID-19 patients.

After thorough disinfection and adequate preparations, the hospital returned to normal.

Patients came to the hospital for regular services on Monday. Some returned to the hospital for post-surgery checks.

One of them was a female patient who received spine surgery. Dr Yu Xiaowei said the patient had recovered well and her standing and walking abilities are getting back to normal.

Designated COVID-19 hospitals resuming normal services
Ti Gong

Dr Yu Xiaowei from the Shanghai 6th People's Hospital's Lingang branch checks a patient who had undergone a surgery.

A mother took her son to the hospital's pediatric department for cognition and language treatment. The boy suffers slower development and has been receiving therapy at the hospital.

"Doctors offered me several rehabilitation and training methods that we can carry out at home during the pandemic," she said.

"But we are happy that the hospital is finally resuming normal operations so I brought my son here for training immediately."

Designated COVID-19 hospitals resuming normal services
Ti Gong

Dr Zhang Jinping from Shanghai 6th People's Hospital's Lingang branch offers therapy to a boy after the hospital resumed normal operation.

Zhoupu Hospital said it resumed operations last week and all services are running smoothly,

It was one of the first batch of designated COVID-19 hospitals and started to receive coronavirus patients on March 27.

By May 25, it received 4,028 patients – nearly 60 percent of them over 60 years old.

Some hospitals have also resumed their night outpatient services.

The Shanghai Children's Medical Center now offers services from 5am to 8pm. Available departments are internal medicine, surgery, orthopedics, urology, respiratory and traditional Chinese medicine.

"It is very convenient as we can take children to the hospital after work and it is that not hot at night," said one father.

Patients must have a negative nucleic acid report from within the previous 72 hours or take an on-site antigen self-test before entering outpatient departments at local hospitals.

For special checks, which require patients to remove their mask, a negative nucleic acid report from the past 24 hours is a must, according to the Shanghai Health Commission, which said a dozen designated hospitals are undergoing disinfection for resuming normal operation.

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