Coronavirus ward closing soon to pave the way for a new General Intensive Care Unit
In recent months Laniado Hospital has continued to provide leading medical care to all patients suffering with Covid-19 in its dedicated coronavirus ward and emergency department which was quickly established at the start of the pandemic last year, in order to provide the highest level of care and to ensure positive patient outcomes for those fighting for their lives with the virus.
As Israel powers through the vaccination programme, the rate of coronavirus infections in the hospital is now extremely low. The dedicated coronavirus ward is currently providing care to only seven infected coronavirus patients and the hospital is now preparing to wind down the department, now that thankfully the numbers have dropped and there is no longer a need to have a dedicated ward and emergency department. These seven patients will soon be moved out of the coronavirus ward as it prepares to close, which will pave way for the building of a new and expanded General Intensive Care Unit (GICU).
The GICU at the hospital is a dedicated area that provides high-level and urgent care for critically-ill patients suffering from life-threatening conditions. The new building is expected to take around 12 months to build and will enable to hospital to quadruple the size of the department to 1000 square metres, increase patients beds to 24 and an increased annual capacity of 800 patients. The new department will also include two nurses stations, a step-down unit, two isolation rooms, a family waiting area and a coffee corner.