Urgent patients have to wait this Tuesday for an average of 14 hours to be seen at the emergency department of Hospital Santa Maria, in Lisbon, according to data from the National Service Portal of the SNS.
According to the data, 32 patients with yellow bracelet (urgent) were at 12:00 this Tuesday at the central emergency department of Hospital Santa Maria, having an average waiting time of 14 hours and 13 minutes, the recommended time 60 minutes.
Contacted by the Lusa agency, an official source from the Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte (CHULN), which integrates the hospitals Santa Maria and Pulido Valente, explained that the profile of users arriving at the emergency room points to “a picture of more complex patients”, many of them from other areas of the Lisbon region and with underlying disease decompensation.
“Right now, we have about 200 patients circulating in the emergency room and of these, about two thirds are yellow and orange patients[urgentandveryurgent”heclarified[urgenteemuitourgente”elucidou
According to the same source, “the complexity” of these patients implies more differentiated diagnoses, multiple exams, often with the need to look for clinical information because they are from other areas of influence.
“This context creates great pressure on emergency services and hospitalizations”, he stressed.
The hospital appeals to people with less serious situations to address responses in Primary Health Care.
At Hospital Beatriz Ângelo, in Loures, there are 39 people with a yellow wristband in the emergency department, with an average waiting time of five hours and 24 minutes.