Tuesday, December 1

The University Hospital of Torrevieja assures that it could still take on patients from other areas

Press conference by Eva Baró, together with the Medical Director and the Nursing Director.

Press conference by Eva Baró, together with the Medical Director and the Nursing Director.

The managing director of the Torrevieja health department, Eva Baró, said today that the Torrevieja University Hospital had and has sufficient capacity to take on patients derived from Orihuela -covid and other pathologies-. The Ribera Salud directive, to INFORMATION questions, has ruled on the controversy generated by the fact that the Hospital Vega Baja Oriolano referred serious covid patients to the ICU of the Hospital de La Marina Baixa in Vila Joiosa or the Hospital de San Juan in Alicante -in some cases a hundred kilometers from the region. Baró has said that the transfers of ICU patients are complex and it is recommended that they be carried out at distances as short as possible. And he has said, denying the data of the Minister of Health, Ana Barceló this week in a visit to Orihuela, that the Torrevieja University Hospital is “still” in a comfort zone to be able to assume greater healthcare pressure and collaborate with other health areas.

The municipality of Torrevieja has doubled its cumulative incidence only in the last three days from 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants to more than one hundred, although it is a situation far removed from that suffered by municipalities in the interior of the Vega that exceed 500.

In this sense, he has clarified that the situation in Orihiuela has improved and that of Torrevieja has been complicated in the last week but in no case to compromise or saturate the ICU and above all without paralyzing the rest of the healthcare activity in any case. To clarify this matter, Ribera Salud has offered concrete data for the first time since March to the media on the occupation of beds in the ward and ICU of patients with coronavirus.

This Friday the health center had 41 patients in hospitalization on the exclusive floor for these patients – without the need to unfold them – something that did happen in March-April-; and 10 covid patients in ICU. In a normal situation, the ICU has 18 beds. But the health center can expand them to 38 – for covid patients and other seriously ill patients. “We have free beds in both the Covid and non-Covid ICUs,” Baró clarified.

For the first time also, Torrevieja Salud has reported on the number of covid patients that require home hospitalization care with 11. The total is 62 covid patients for the entire area. The figures are similar to those offered by this newspaper on Monday. At that time there were five more patients hospitalized and one less in the ICU – which had been expanded. The managing director also explained that Torrevieja and its area experienced a “miniola” at the end of last summer attributed to tourist occupation and that the average age of ICU patients has dropped to 70 years, but not as much as in other areas Because, he recalled, Torrevieja is an area with 30% of the population over 65 years of age.

  • 10 patients in ICU
  • 41 patients in hospitalization on the ward
  • 11 in home hospitalization

The health center will resume weekly or fortnightly meetings to report the evolution of the pandemic to the mayors of the area after suspending them in early October

In addition, Baró explained that the health department is going to recover the periodic meetings with the ten mayors of the health area. An informative practice that was launched in March and stopped at the beginning of October, coinciding with the announcement by the Generalitat that it was going to start the management reversal process – now in the hands of the public-private model.

14 year balance

The reason for the press conference this Friday was to take stock of the 14 years of management of the department by Ribera Salud. In this sense, the medical management of the center explained that Ribera Salud “has demonstrated the commitment to offer excellent health care in Torrevieja and part of the Vega Baja. Investment, employment, quality of care, the shortest waiting lists are just some of the advantages with which the users of this health area count with respect to the rest of the health departments “.

They also recalled that Ribera announced “his will and commitment to continue on this path with a budget valued at 40 million euros for the next six years. Above all, in the context of unprecedented health crisis, ahead of most health centers in the implementation of safety protocols and circuits and guaranteeing maximum protection to its professionals with a rate of contagions among health workers six times lower than the average for Spain “.

“We have the desire and the illusion to continue doing what we know: taking care of people. We know the needs of this area, we are committed to the Vega Baja with a health care of the highest quality for its citizens and for all those who visit this region”, Says Eva Baró, manager of the department.

For the same source, the decision to reverse the Torrevieja Health Department “it is not justified in terms of quality or efficiency, much less by health outcomes. We must remember that it is the best in the Valencian Community, according to the official reports and audits of the Generalitat itself. “Audits, which in the opinion of the health group, show that the patients of the Torrevieja Health Department are the most satisfied,” those who The least they expect and those who receive the best care, due to the real commitment shown in health plans, investments, technology and human and material resources. This has been ratified by international organizations such as the International Joint Commission, which has recently reaccredited the Torrevieja University Hospital based on more than 1,200 quality standards “.

ACTIVITY DATA of the Torrevieja University Hospital and the department (from November 21, 2006 to November 20, 2020)

  • 215,164 surgeries
  • 3,472,158 Outpatient hospital consultations
  • 17,344,511 visits to primary care
  • 1,016,191 hospital emergencies
  • 2,767,086 departmental emergencies
  • 2,603,056 radiology tests
  • 17,685 births.

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