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Hospitals in parts of Florida that were hit hard by Hurricane Irma are open for business and fully staffed, but they’ve got so many patients coming in with hurricane-related injuries and illness that the EDs are overflowing. Some of them have put out the word that urgent care would be a better place to go right now for nonemergent complaints, pointing out that they will be treated more quickly while also easing the burden at the hospital. Health First in several cities, Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, and Wuesthoff hospitals are among those asking patients to self-divert if they don’t need to be in the ED.

Overloaded Hospitals Ask Floridians to Go to Urgent Care with Nonemergent Needs
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