Hospital tests flu drive thru

October 30, 2009 5:27:36 PM PDT
The president is calling the swine flu a national emergency and at least one local hospital wants to make sure it's ready for severe flu outbreaks.A flu training exercise is going on at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville.

In the midst of a flu crisis, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center says its ER is overwhelmed with sick patients.

A special drive-thru type triage and ER clinic has been set up.

When patients drive through, they are registered, checked, diagnosed and treated in their car.

On Friday morning, officials held a similar clinic as dozens of hospital employees, each different ages and with different symptom, drove through the clinic.

Five tents have been set up for each step of the way. The last tent is a pharmacy that dispenses medicine.

Cape Fear Valley Hospital is the first hospital in the state to stage this kind of mock training drill.

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