“Over the past week, we have seen more and more Covid patients arriving, of all ages. We already have a full 30-bed floor, ”explains Sophie Bordas, who works at the Vitry-sur-Seine private hospital (Val-de-Marne), a 100-bed establishment (excluding maternity) where 92 doctors work. The office of this physiotherapist and his five partners is installed in this private clinic specializing in orthopedics, digestive surgery and general medicine which has been completely reorganized to deal with the epidemic.
“In mid-March, we evacuated as many patients as possible to free up beds. Our rehabilitation room, on the ground floor, has been refurbished to create an emergency airlock and to separate the reception of patients with coronavirus and the others, “explains this health professional who, since March 16, has ceased his liberal activity and his home visits. With her associates, she is dedicated to hospitalized patients. “We do physiotherapy for them and we teach them how to breathe and calm their anxieties. “
The sick come from themselves
After two or three days of great calm, at the beginning of last week, when “the doctors were going around in circles”, the patients began to arrive. “They come by themselves by presenting themselves to the emergency room or are sent by hospitals in the area, Henri Mondor or Le Kremlin-Bicêtre. The symptoms are diverse: fever, diarrhea, vomiting and extreme fatigue, “explains Sophie Bordas, who points out that many patients have associated pathologies such as diabetes or asthma.
Not all patients can be hospitalized on site. “Yesterday, two young people arrived, brought by the firefighters but they were not kept, their condition was serious and they went to intensive care in Bicêtre. The Vitry Private Hospital does not have an intensive care unit. “We are in level 2 because we have a follow-up care service, the stage before the shift,” specifies the physiotherapist who underlines “the great work of solidarity with the teams”.
“I made toilets and cleared the trays to avoid nursing assistants from having to equip themselves.” To enter the Covid rooms, you have to put on a blouse, apron, charlotte, glasses and mask. “Like everywhere, we lacked masks. Last week I had three for the six physiotherapists. Our secretary made us cloth masks to help us out, “says Sophie Bordas, who specifies that” this morning, the clinic called to tell us that they had been delivered “.