Martinsville issues limits on emergency care as hospitals ‘operating at disaster levels’

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — With hospitals “operating at disaster levels,” Martinsville city officials say first responders will limit the number of people brought to the emergency room in ambulances because of the current conditions impacting staffing and capacities at hospitals.

The City of Martinsville announced on Wednesday, Sept. 15 that patients who do not meet the criteria for ambulance transport to an ER will be advised to see their primary care provider, use telemedicine, or visit an urgent care center.

Not only are there a limited number of beds at hospitals, but city officials say most of the hospital emergency departments are holding critical patients who need significant space and resources that are not longer available to those departments.

In order to match patient needs with the available resources, the Martinsville EMS system will implement changes to make sure that transportation is prioritized for patients who have emergency medical conditions, according to the city. Meanwhile, patients who are experiencing non-emergency, non-life-threatening, or non-critical medical issues will be provided with the appropriate guidance.

If you feel like you are having an emergency, officials ask you to call 911 and then EMS providers will assess your condition and determine if you meet the qualifications to for transport to the ER.

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