In light of the events related to the worldwide Ebola virus epidemic, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) has been taking steps to inform patients and visitors, prepare and train staff, and collaborate with federal, state and local community partners and healthcare providers in response to any possible future infections in our area.
Specifically at the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital:
- We are following CDC and State of CT guidelines. Their recommendations are being coordinated, reviewed and put into practice by Dr. Asma Qamar and members of our Infection Control Committee.
- We have implemented a screening process for our Torrington and Winsted Emergency Departments, Walk-In Clinic, Pulmonary Function Lab and our Multi-specialty Group physician practices that will immediately respond to any concern.
- We have met and have been carrying out ongoing discussions with the Torrington Area Health Department, Torrington Mayor’s office, and other community healthcare providers. We discuss Ebola preparedness, providing mutual support and resources if needed, and communicating information to our patient population and the community at large in order to keep everyone as informed as possible and address concerns.
- We are participating in the CT Department of Public Health weekly conference call with other hospitals in the state of CT to receive the most up-to-date information on state and national protocols and share best practice information.
- We are providing staff with additional education, preparation courses, and live demonstration competency training on all aspects of treating a potential Ebola patient headed by our Infection Control Practitioner and the Education Department.
Together with the Torrington Area Health District – CHH has helped to create an Ebola information webpage that includes helpful factsheets and useful web links.
Please click below to be directed to this page. Thank you.