From Iceland — Emergency Room Struggling To Cope

Emergency Room Struggling To Cope

Published February 25, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photo by
Landspítali / Julia Staples

The emergency room in Iceland’s National University Hospital is struggling to cope with the demand for services, contra the resources available, reports Vísir.

As all other departments are full up, the emergency room is having trouble making room for incoming patients, not only because hospital resources are limited but also because there has been an unusually high number of patients streaming in.

The sudden influx in patients has been attributed to the seasonal flu which has hit Iceland hard this year.

“We are looking at all avenues to make room for people,” said hospital administrator Guðlaug Rakel Guðjónsdóttir. The hospital has also planned to close the cardiology department as of today in order to make use of the rooms and beds there.

To understand more about Iceland’s national healthcare system and its difficulties, check out the Grapevine’s expose on the issue.

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