Private hospitals will tie up with four star or five star hotels to accommodate more patients and those not needing critical care are likely to be moved from private hospitals to hotels.
Mumbai hospitals will use five-star hotels to treat COVID-19 patients with milder infection, the city’s administration said today. Two hotels will start functioning as extensions of private hospitals from today.
Private hospitals will tie up with four star or five star hotels to accommodate more patients and those not needing critical care are likely to be moved from private hospitals to hotels. The treating doctor has to approve such transfers.
The hotels, which will be “step down facilities” where minimum medical intervention is required for Covid patients, will act as extensions of major private hospitals. The hotels will need a minimum of 20 rooms for Covid cases and will have round the clock medical services including doctor consultations, nurses, medicines and ambulance transfer.
Hospitals can charge up to Rs 4,000 for these facilities and Rs 6,000 for a room if anyone is staying with the patient.
Covid positive people who are asymptomatic can also use the “step-down facilities”.
This has been done to ensure more hospital beds for patients who really need it.
The order comes as Mumbai and other cities in Maharashtra face a massive number of Covid cases.
Mumbai recorded 9,931 new cases and 54 deaths on Wednesday.
“It is seen that many beds in private hospitals are occupied by patients who do not require emergency medical intervention, such patients can be effectively and adequately managed at isolation facilities such as step-down facilities,” said a notice of the public health department.