UVM Medical Center sees unexplained increase in patients

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The UVM Medical Center says it is seeing more patients than usual for this time of year.

The hospital is still trying to figure out why there has been an uptick in patients for the last 4-5 weeks. Flu season has not started yet.

Other network hospitals are seeing similar increases.

The UVM Medical Center says it is not at 100 percent capacity but numbers fluctuate depending on the time of day. They say wait times may be longer but they've adjusted staff schedules to try to accommodate demand.

"Especially nurses. They work with the staffing office to make sure we have enough nurses to go around. Whoever needs us, we're going to be there to take care of them, whether we are at 90 percent capacity or 50 percent capacity. We're going to do what we have to do to take care of patients," said Dr. Ryan Clouser of the UVM Medical Center.

If you start to feel sick, Clouser says it's a good idea to see your primary care doctor right away and he encourages people to get the flu shot.