Helsinki is preparing for the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Herttoniemi Hospital is planned to be converted into a reserve hospital for coronavirus patients. If necessary, the hospital can be put into operation within a week.
The reserve hospital is intended to ensure sufficient beds if the epidemic expands. Herttoniemi can house 300–400 beds, if needed.
The reserve hospital arrangement also helps free up beds in Laakso and Malmi Hospitals for the patients moving from intensive care to rehabilitation.
“Herttoniemi Hospital is the most sensible alternative for a reserve hospital as it is a former hospital. The facilities are good for this purpose, and they can be converted quickly with relatively small changes,” says Medical Director of Helsinki City Hospital Laura Pikkarainen.
The hospital can be opened rapidly should the need arise.
The senior centre in Herttoniemi will move to Kustaankartano, if necessary
Herttoniemi Hospital currently houses Myllypuro Senior Centre, which is temporarily located in Herttoniemi because the senior centre’s own facilities are being renovated.
If the reserve hospital is opened, the residents will move to Kustaankartano Senior Centre in Oulunkylä. The 136 Myllypuro residents will be able to stay in Kustaankartano until the renovations in Myllypuro are finished. The current estimate is that the residents could move back to Myllypuro in autumn 2021.
The families of the residents will been informed of the plans regarding the reserve hospital. We have already started to contact the families.