Hospitals in the Roanoke and New River Valley experienced an influx of patients coming to emergency rooms in the aftermath of Saturday’s storms.
LewisGale Medical Center saw 345 patients in its ER from Saturday to Sunday, compared to a typical volume of 250 patients, said LewisGale spokeswoman Nancy May. That’s a 38 percent increase.
The Salem-based hospital attributed most of the ER visits to the storm, she said.
Carilion Clinic also saw demand for its hospitals’ emergency services increase between 4 percent and 8 percent across the region, said spokesman Eric Earnhart.
At Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, the region’s busiest hospital, slightly more than 500 patients visited the ER from Saturday to Sunday, he said.
“I can’t say how many were storm related, but a lot of the traffic was related to the storm, including patients received or diverted from other facilities,” he said.