Winthrop opens facility only for flu patients

Winthrop University Hospital opened a treatment center exclusively for flu patients Monday in hopes of containing the virus.

The new center, located across from the hospital, used to be a vacant bank. Winthrop?s Dr. Barry Rosenthal says the treatment center is designed to handle the influx of flu patients so the hospital?s main emergency department does not get overwhelmed.

Patients with either seasonal flu or H1N1 may be treated there. The center is comprised of 11 treatment areas and a separate area for visitors.

Meanwhile, Nassau County is getting 27,000 more doses of the swine flu vaccine and is setting up several free clinics for high-risk residents. No appointments are needed.

Tuesday, November 17Nassau University Medical Center?s Auditorium, 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, 6 p.m. ? 10 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18Nassau University Medical Center?s A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility?s Auditorium, 875 Jerusalem Avenue, Uniondale, 6 p.m. ? 10 p.m..

Sunday, November 22North Shore-LIJ at Clinton Martin Park, 1650 Marcus Avenue, New Hyde Park, 9 a.m. ? 1 p.m.

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