Augusta Victoria Hospital
Territory: Palestinian Territories
Steps of Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic at Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH)
Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) provides specialized cancer and dialysis treatment in Palestine. In dealing with the pandemic, AVH grappled not only with COVID-19 but also with the effects of a long-running territorial conflict.
When the first cases of COVID-19 were detected in Palestine, AVH immediately activated its Emergency Preparedness Plan, which included establishing strict health protocols and scaling down operations. Within a week, a triaging tent was set up at the AVH entrance to assess everyone’s symptoms prior to entering the facility. Non-urgent procedures were postponed, while essential healthcare services such as hemodialysis and chemotherapy were continued.
Many of its patients and most of its staff come from the Bethlehem district, which endured a strict lockdown when COVID cases were first detected in the West Bank. To ensure that its patients continued to receive the care they need, around 300 patients who require essential treatments were accommodated at five different hostels. Staff from infected areas were also accommodated.
Three external centers on campus were also remodeled with necessary medical equipment to receive suspected and/or confirmed cases for cancer and dialysis patients. Four separate tents for donning and doffing were also established. Although it is not a COVID-19 hospital, AVH staff also actively investigated, mapped, and isolated infected cases, which has significantly helped in controlling the virus.