China hospital sets up hotel for ICU patient relatives

China hospital sets up hotel for ICU patient relatives
A hospital in central China has set up a capsule hotel so that relatives of intensive care unit patients can stay outside of visiting hours, it’s reported. According to the People’s Daily newspaper, the Henan University No 1 Hospital in the city of Luoyang, Henan province has introduced a special area with sleeping pods for the family members of overnight patients. Family members at the hospital are allowed to stay for free and can get a key to a room containing 10 capsule pods, after approval from a nurse on duty. Each capsule, which is some two metres long and one metre wide and high, comes equipped with a phone so that visitors can speak to a member of medical staff at any time – even if it’s in the early hours. There are also lockable storage cupboards for valuables, and a public area for people to sit and watch television. The capsules cost 4,000 yuan ($576; £448) each to install, and have been well-received by locals who have relatives in the hospital. “Supplying us with a capsule, and allowing us to stay overnight – we think this shows such warmth,” one told the Pear Video news site. “Although it’s only small, it’s a very safe, private space.”

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