LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Derby is this weekend, and Norton Audubon Hospital is betting on seeing for a lot of extra patients. 

Norton Audubon Hospital off Poplar Level Road isn't far from Churchill Downs, so hundreds of extra patients are expected to show up at its Emergency Room on Oaks and Derby Day -- but ER Nurse Manager Renee Cecil says the staff is ready.

"We’re prepared for it," Cecil said. "We have a good relationship with EMS, so we know who's coming beforehand."

Cecil says there will be extra stretchers and equipment on hand "so we’re ready as soon as they come through the door."

Part of getting ready for the influx of patients from Oaks and Derby festivities includes setting up a unit with extra beds and more IV units to accommodate more people. 

In the past, the staff at Norton Audubon's ER has seen people with a variety of issues during Oaks and Derby, including alcohol poisoning, dehydration, severe sunburn, broken bones and bruises. 

And the staff will be expecting some critical patients suffering from heart attacks or strokes.

Officials say Norton Audubon saw about 300 extra patients during the 2017 Derby weekend. 

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