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‘Preparation for long-term’ Chonnam National University Hospital transfers and discharges from general ward

General ward on the 6th floor of Chonnam National University Hospital with the lights off

General ward on the 6th floor of Chonnam National University Hospital with the lights off

(Gwangju = Larose.VIP) Reporter Park Cheol-hong and Cheon Jeong-in = “The patient is complaining of pain, but they tell me to discharge him.”

On the 20th, when a group of residents protesting against the expansion of the medical school began to leave, many of the neurosurgery rooms on the 6th floor of Chonnam National University Hospital in Gwangju were empty.

The floor, which can accommodate about 120 people, was full of hospitalized patients in each room, but now only about 30 people remain, a guardian of the hospitalized patient said.

Wheelchairs and mobile IV supports were piled up on one side, and even the lights were turned off in the empty hospital rooms.

This guardian said, “I think the dark appearance of the hospital room shows our current (political and social) situation.”

All the patients who filled the hospital room had to leave the room due to the hospital’s recommendation to discharge or transfer.

This guardian was also notified of discharge, but said he would remain until a secondary hospital where he could be admitted was found.

As other patients are in the same situation, it appears that all hospital rooms will soon be closed.

Resident with resignation letter in hand

Resident with resignation letter in hand

The hospital’s position is that there is no immediate gap in treatment despite the departure of the resident group.

The plan is to deploy all available personnel, including specialists and assistant nurses (PAs), to proceed with treatment and surgery normally.

However, as disruption is inevitable if the situation prolongs, it appears that they are preparing for a long-term battle in advance by sending out non-emergency patients from general wards first.

An official at Chonnam National University Hospital explained, “The intensive care unit, emergency room, and surgeries for seriously ill patients are being maintained as normal as possible,” and “For general surgeries that are not severe, we are re-adjusting the schedule for each department.”

Despite the hospital’s explanation, the patients and their guardians who received discharge notification could not hide their anxiety.

One guardian said, “They suddenly moved up the test schedule and said it was okay to be discharged based on the results.” He added, “The patient is still complaining of pain, but I doubt that they are forcing the patient to be discharged because of the resident’s departure.”

The guardian of a patient who underwent hip joint surgery also said, “(Before the surgery), I was told to stay in the hospital for 3-4 days after the surgery and monitor the progress, but after yesterday’s surgery, they said there was no resident in charge and told me to go to another hospital.” “It’s frustrating,” he said.

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