Local hospital 'diverting' some patients due to high volume in the ER

TYLER (KYTX) - ETMC Tyler is experiencing extremely high volumes of patients in the emergency department.

In a statement released Thursday, Rebecca Berkeley, a spokesperson at East Texas Medical Center ,says most of the patients have upper respiratory problems, which can include the flu, pneumonia, severe colds, and many of them are so sick they are being admitted into the hospital.

Berkley said,"ETMC Tyler rarely goes on divert but recently both ETMC and Trinity Mother Frances have been on divert, which means both Tyler hospitals will balance the flow of patients between them based on patient request."

Divert means the facility has exhausted their resources and must turn away patients being transferred or transported to their facility.


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