The President of the Andalusian Government, Juanma Morenohas inaugurated this Wednesday the seventh, eighth and ninth floor of the former Military Hospital of Sevillea center reactivated a year ago now to covid emergencies after 17 years abandoned by the PSOE-A. 4,000 have passed through it patients affected by the virus. There are currently 17 in the ICU and 121 on the ward.
The three new plants add more than 100 beds to the hospital and are added to the other three floors that are already operational -fourth, fifth and sixth-, with a total investment of 76.5 million euros. The seventh floor will serve Internal Medicine patients, the eighth will have an Intermediate Respiratory Care Unit (UCRI) and the ninth will house the High Dependency Unit for Spinal Cord Injuries.
The Andalusian Government thus complies with the commitment made to return this infrastructure to Seville, a center that for 17 years “was a victim of abandonment, ruin and vandalism”as reported by the Board in a statement.
Moreno has announced that the Board will convene a telematic referendum among the health professionals of the province of Seville so that they are the ones who decide “democratically” the new name for the Covid-19 Emergency Hospital. “It is the most reasonable, equitable and democratic option,” said the Andalusian leader.
finished in summer
In this regard, Moreno has reported that the forecast is that in summer it will be “completely finished”, thanks to the “good pace” of execution of the works and that, once the pandemic is over, “it remains as a modern hospital”. “They said it was impossible, but there is nothing stronger than the will and determination of a team involved,” he declared.
The total investment allocated to both the first and second phases has been 76.5 million euros, about 25 million in the first and 52 in the second.
Thus, Moreno has stressed that this hospital will be “a benchmark.” “Precisely, the new plants that open their doors today will host the first High Dependency Unit for Spinal Cord Injuries (ninth floor), where high spinal cord injuries with respiratory compromises will be treated. It will house a rehabilitation gym and 20 individual rooms”, he detailed.
Likewise, it has advanced that it will have a Intermediate Respiratory Care Unit (UCRI)on the eighth floorwhich will become the most advanced in its category and the largest in Andalusia.
“This unit will avoid having to take patients with respiratory pathologies to the ICU, thanks to its state-of-the-art technology”, he stated, after highlighting that care for patients with Internal Medicine will take place in the seventh floor.
In total, these three new plants add 101 more beds to the 141 already existing, as well as support units, with a current team of 635 health professionals “That will grow,” he added. “In these coming months, we are going to give the final boost so that the Military Hospital is completely recovered and is one of the jewels of Andalusian public health,” he added.
In line with the latter, Moreno has announced that around the month of March the works on the surgical block will be completed, with ten operating rooms; the post-surgical unit, which will have 42 beds, and the administration, maintenance, laboratory, pharmacy and changing rooms, among others.
From this point, and until the completion of the works, other highly relevant facilities will be added, such as a mental health unitan endoscopy unit, a day and emergency hospital, a short-stay surgery floor, magnetic resonance imaging and a new lobby, among others.
Six new hospitals in three years
The Covid-19 Emergency Hospital has welcomed since its opening almost 4,000 patients with coronavirus from Seville and Cádiz. Currently, 17 patients remain in the ICU and 124 on the ward.
A center that, as he has remarked, “has achieved lower healthcare pressure in the rest of the hospitals of the province and maintain in them the attention to the rest of medical and surgical pathologies».
The Andalusian president has outlined the “more than reasonable effort” of the Government of Andalusia for the implementation of this health infrastructure, “where spending has been prioritized and there has been enormous solidarity between the different departments.”
In this regard, he regretted not being able to count on “the 1,200 million euros more planned for Health” in the regional budgets in 2022. Even so, it has valued the amount allocated to health infrastructure during this legislature, which amounts to €1 billionof which 200 have remained in the province of Seville.
This push from the Andalusian Executive to “strengthen Andalusian health”, with the aim of making it “prepared” to face “any other circumstance”, has also resulted “in a reinforcement plan for Primary Careapproved this week in the Governing Council, and in 30,000 more health professionals than in the previous legislature.
During these three years, moreover, they have opened six new hospitals and five health centers. In this line, he has declared that “Andalusian public health is better prepared than ever to meet present needs and face future challenges.”
The Minister for the Presidency, Public Administration and the Interior, Elías Bendodo, also attended the inauguration; the Minister of Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre; the Minister of Culture and Historical Heritage, Patricia del Pozo; the manager of the Andalusian Health Service, Miguel Ángel Guzmán, and the mayor of Seville, Antonio Muñoz, among other authorities.