Kaweah Delta using a second tent to aid with an increase in patients this flu season

The Kaweah Delta Medical Center is now using a second tent to help with the overflow of flu patients this season.

The Kaweah Delta Medical Center is now using a second tent to help with the overflow of flu patients this season.

The center got approval from the California Department of Public Health Wednesday following a request that was made last week.

According to Kaweah Delta officials, the tent is located eat of the Emergency Department and will be used for patients who come to the Hospital in an ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

Officials say this will allow doctors and nurse to take over care of the patient and lets Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) return to the field.

Additionally, Kaweah Delta is urging patients for their protection and for the protection of others coming to the Emergency Department, to bring just one guest.

Gary Herbst, Chief Executive Officer of Kaweah Delta Health Care District says, "Our ED is one of the busiest in the state seeing 90,000 patients each year, but the demand for our medical services has increased to the point that we have to take further steps to best care for each person seeking medical care."

Back in November, Kaweah Delta put up a tent outside of the Emergency Department to expand the size of its waiting area to accommodate patient demands.

Kaweah Delta is also urging the public to seek care from their personal physicians for conditions that are not life-threatening or will not require hospitalization. When that is not possible or the condition is urgent, but not life-threatening, people are urged to visit an urgent care facility or a walk-in clinic instead of the ED. The following locations are available:

• Kaweah Delta Urgent Care: 1633 S. Court St., Visalia, 624-6090

Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

• Sequoia Prompt Care: 1110 S. Ben Maddox Way, Visalia, 624-5800

Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day)

• Visalia Medical Clinic’s QuickCare: 5400 W. Hillsdale Ave., Visalia, 738-7555

Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekdays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays

If you do not have a physician and need one, a same-day appointment may be available by calling:

• Visalia Family Medicine Center: 202 W. Willow Ave. (5th floor), Visalia, 624-4820

The following conditions/injuries (not an exhaustive list) are not life-threatening can be treated at Kaweah Delta Urgent Care, Sequoia Prompt Care, or Visalia Medical Clinic’s QuickCare:

• Fever or flu symptoms (cold, sore throat, cough)

• Sprains, broken bones, fractures

• Mild asthma/breathing difficulties

• Abdominal pain

• Cuts (minimal blood, stitches or staples)

• Ear infections

• Vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration

• Animal bites

• Urinary tract infections

• Bronchitis

• Burns or chemical exposure

• Infected wounds

The following conditions/injuries should be treated at Kaweah Delta’s ED:

• Heart attacks/strokes

• Uncontrollable severe bleeding

• Sudden or severe pain

• Coughing blood or vomiting blood

• Severe breathing difficulties

• Sudden dizziness, weakness or vision changes

• Severe vomiting or diarrhea

• Changes in mental status/confusion

• Open bone fractures

If you are experiencing any of these conditions, please call 911 immediately.

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