TALLINN - The Estonian Rescue Board set up a triage tent next to the emergency room at East Tallinn Central Hospital on Tuesday.
Patients arriving at the emergency room will be grouped at the triage facility according to their health condition and urgency of need for medical care from Wednesday, the Rescue Board said.
Head of the department of emergency medicine at East Tallinn Central Hospital Mart Polluveer said that the triage tent will be used to separate patients with suspected coronavirus infection from those with other health issues.
Samples will be taken from patients with coronavirus suspicion, those requiring outpatient care will be advised on how to proceed with their treatment and patients with more severe health concerns will be hospitalized. The logistics of patients with suspected COVID-19 infection arriving by ambulance has also been thought through.
People with COVID-19 infection and those exhibiting symptoms of the virus are requested not to go to the department of emergency medicine, instead they must first consult their family doctor or call the family physician helpline. East Tallinn Central Hospital also urges people with mild symptoms of any viral disease not to go to the emergency room.