Concord Hospital psychiatric floor reopens

  • Concord Hospital Emergency Room entrance on Wednesday, August 08, 2018. Maddie Vanderpool

Published: 7/12/2020 7:44:10 PM

Concord Hospital will reopen its voluntary psychiatric floor, which has been temporarily closed for the last couple of months, on Tuesday.

Prior to coronavirus pandemic, the floor had 15 beds for patients who sought mental health care voluntarily. However, in preparation for an outbreak of the virus in New Hampshire, the hospital shut it down to make room for COVID-19 patients.

Those who needed psychiatric care were either asked to return later for treatment or wait in the emergency department until they can be placed in a different psychiatric treatment center in the state. The hospital saw a significant decline in those coming to the ER, including those with mental health needs.

Concord Hospital did not ultimately use the psychiatric unit for COVID-19 patients, as they admitted far fewer patients than they anticipated.

While a medical team was available for patients who needed urgent psychiatric help, nurses and other staff were furloughed while the floor was closed. Staff will return to their jobs on Monday and will start accepting new patients on Tuesday.

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