DOH: Lines at The Miriam Hospital caused by Memorial closure, viruses including flu

THE FLU SEASON and other viruses, along with the closure of Pawtucket's Memorial Hospital, have increased the demand for emergency department services at The Miriam Hospital on Providence's East Side. / COURTESY LIFESPAN
THE FLU SEASON and other viruses, along with the closure of Pawtucket's Memorial Hospital, have increased the demand for emergency department services at The Miriam Hospital on Providence's East Side. / COURTESY LIFESPAN
PROVIDENCE – A combination of new patients from the shuttered Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket and a busy flu season are causing long waits and lines at The Miriam Hospital’s emergency department, which the R.I. Department of Health is addressing by urging self-triage and diverting some emergency calls to other hospitals. Joseph Wendelken,…

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