After more than 30 years claiming a public hospital in the South, yesterday the first two operating rooms were finally opened in El Mojón (Arona), which received their first patients who underwent “minimally invasive” ophthalmological interventions. , reported the Ministry of Health.

The incorporation of major outpatient surgery to the portfolio of services, which the region has claimed for years, represents a leap in quality in the services of the hospital center, which serves a reference population of more than 200,000 inhabitants of the municipalities of Arona, Adeje, Granadilla, Guía de Isora, San Miguel, Santiago del Teide and Vilaflor. In addition to the first operating rooms, the pre-anesthesia consultation, the administrative and pharmacy area and the waiting rooms with information screens have been put into operation. The next step will be the expansion of the surgical program to specialties such as gynecology and traumatology from May, according to the forecast of the Ministry of Health.

Natacha Sujanani, managing director of the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria University Hospital Complex, to which the aronero center belongs, pointed out that “one of the priority objectives of the current management and the Canary Islands Health Service is to complete the portfolio of services of the South Hospital, so that it results in the quality of life of the patients, bringing the services closer to the population and avoiding the displacement to La Candelaria ”.

Hospital del Sur has 116 beds installed and its portfolio of services includes outpatient consultations for medical and surgical specialties, telemedicine, tests for diagnosis and monitoring of pathologies in different specialties, digestive endoscopy, multipurpose day hospital, Emergency Service, Radiology, Rehabilitation Service, Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. It also has a laboratory, pharmacy and rehabilitation gym.

historical demand
Although the demand for a public hospital for the South dates back to the 1980s, it was not until 1996 that a group of citizens stepped forward and created a protest platform to give visibility to their demand.

The Chío Cultural Center, in Guía de Isora, hosted on July 18 of that year a historic meeting between the members of the promoting commission (Jordi Esplugas, Bárbara Rodríguez, Emilio Lentini and Segundo Marcos) with different associations. There the first seed was planted that would eventually germinate in the form of a platform that has become the most valid citizen collective in the Canary Islands.

Construction of the complex has been plagued by political and technical obstacles. The company Sacyr, responsible for the works of the third phase of the building, stopped work in November 2016 and requested a 10% increase in the budget, estimated at 7,954,106 euros, which led the Ministry of Health to open a file resolution for breach of contract, a procedure that, together with a subsequent negotiation with the construction company, led to a delay in the work.

In 2020, the professionals of the Hospital del Sur attended a total of 45,687 emergencies, carried out 111,588 face-to-face consultations and more than 1,000 admissions to the ward were carried out in their hospitalization area. An activity that was completed with the performance of 1,573,487 analyzes, 53,000 ultrasounds, 5,441 CT scans and 1,924 magnetic resonances, according to the data provided by the Ministry.

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