Westmead Hospital Inundated With COVID-19 Cases and On Emergency Footing [Headlines] – Hope 103.2

Westmead Hospital Inundated With COVID-19 Cases and On Emergency Footing [Headlines]

An urgent review is being conducted of the hospital’s critical care capacity, while up to 100 beds at Westmead Private will be made available.

By Hope NewsroomWednesday 25 Aug 2021NewsReading Time: 2 minutes

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Westmead Hospital is on emergency footing as it is inundated with COVID-19 cases.

An urgent review is being conducted of the hospital’s critical care capacity, and up to 100 beds at Westmead Private will be made available for its use.

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