Due to the threat of Hurricane Irma, Flagler Hospital will limit access, starting at noon Saturday.
According to a release from Flagler, the hospital will be “receiving only emergency patients and scheduled staff via the emergency department.”
At that point, all visitors will be asked to leave.
It is also noted that Flagler is not to be used as a shelter. St. Johns County had five dedicated shelters scheduled to open Saturday at 8 a.m. (as of press time): Pacetti Bay Middle School, Timberlin Creek Elementary School (pet-friendly), Pedro Menendez High School (general population), Bartram Trail High School (general population) and South Woods Elementary School.
Also, the following services are closed to the public through Monday: outpatient surgery, Flagler Surgery Center, imaging center and laboratory services.
Anyone who had a surgery or procedure scheduled during that timeframe will be contacted to reschedule.
The outpatient Flagler laboratories located on State Road 312 and in Murabella will also be closed through Monday.
While the hospital is suspending some services as people evacuate or seek shelter, Flagler is not shutting down during the storm.
“The hospital has ample resources in place to sustain current operations, and the facility is fully functional,” the release says. “The hospital continues to monitor storm projections closely and is taking all the necessary precautions from a supply, staffing and facilities perspective to ensure preparedness for all weather scenarios.”