Huesca (EFE).- The San Jorge de Huesca University Hospital will open its new medical emergency service on March 1. The facilities, with an investment of more than 5.8 million euros in civil works and more than 900,000 in equipment, triple the surface of the area allocated to urgent care up to now.
This was announced this Wednesday by the President of Aragon, Javier Lambán, and the Minister of Health of the regional Executive, Sira Repollés, during a visit to the new service facilities. This will improve efficiency in health care as well as the comfort of the around 105 patients that it attends daily on average.
Funded with React funds
These facilities, financed with European React funds, are located in a new building attached to the current emergency area of the Huesca hospital, parallel to the one that houses the outpatient clinics. It has a total constructed area of 2,194 square meters.
The reception area, with two separate entrances for patients who arrive by ambulance and for those who arrive on their own, has a surface area of 275 m². It will include two triage posts to assess the priority of the different requests for care, as well as a waiting room.
The 368 m² medical-surgical area has, among other services, a resuscitation box with two stations (there is currently 1), 9 for general pathology (there are 5 at the moment), 1 for ophthalmology, 1 for psychiatry and 1 otorhinolaryngology, as well as a room for plasters and cures, as well as a waiting room.
As for the 67 m² surgical area, it has a clean room and all the complementary services you need.
The new building also has a 25 m² psychiatric area, with consultation and waiting room, and another for paediatrics which, in addition to consultation and waiting room, will also have a pediatric bathroom and lactation room.
The observation room has 13 positions (there are currently 9) and will also include three isolation boxes, in addition to the complementary services that this area requires.
More comfort and privacy
To improve comfort and privacy for patients, all boxes have been designed as 16m² rooms, rather than separate rooms with curtains.
In addition, all life support equipment (respirators or defibrillators) have been renewed. To improve comfort, beds and stretchers have been purchased for emergency care with all the ergonomic innovations for patients and workers.
The new unit also has systems to reduce energy consumption: zonal control of air conditioning per room in all areas, environmental quality probes in common areas of the building, control of ventilation in these spaces and wells. Canadians to temper the outside air temperature in both winter and summer.
As regards the workforce, an increase of 24 health professionals has been planned, going from 61 to 85. The measure, Repollés stressed, consolidates the increase in personnel that the hospital made during the pandemic.
In this way, the number of medical doctors will increase from 19 to 25, from 21 to 28 that of nursing professionals, from 15 to 22 that of auxiliary nursing technicians, and from 6 to 10 that of orderlies.
The first linear accelerator in the province
In addition, in the coming weeks construction work will begin on the bunker that will house the first linear accelerator available to the province of Huesca, whose installation is scheduled for next September. 2.9 million euros will be invested in the bunker works, to which will be added the 2.1 million corresponding to the purchase of the device.
After the visit, Lambán has valued these investments as the fulfillment of one of the commitments of his Executive in relation to the province of Huesca, where, he added, the Department of Health has invested more than 28 million euros in health infrastructure since the year 2015.
The president has valued the investment effort made to improve health care in the Community as a whole, although he has admitted that one of the “main problems” facing health in the country is the lack of sufficient professionals. “We do not need better professionals, but more professionals,” Lambán stressed, for whom the covid pandemic not only “stressed” the country’s health system, but also evidenced “the lack of foresight of the administrations in order to replace the retired professionals.
Investments in the province
Among the projects underway, the future Barbastro health center is already underway, one of the largest in the community and in which 8.4 million euros will be invested.
In addition, the future health center in the Perpetuo Socorro neighborhood of Huesca will be presented in the near future in order to tender the works in the coming months.