The area dedicated to respiratory patients in Leiria opens next week – Region of Leiria

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The area dedicated to patients with suspected respiratory infection in the emergency departments (ADR-SU), at Santo André hospital, in Leiria, is expected to start functioning next week, the chairman of the board of directors said today. ‘administration.

Licínio de Carvalho announced today that the ADR-SU of the Santo André Hospital, which belongs to the Centro Hospitalar de Leiria (CHL), “is in the process of being concluded”.

After the visit of the Assistant Secretary of State for Health and Health, António Sales, to the hospital of Leiria, the chairman of the board of directors of the CHL declared that it is expected that “next week, the patients can be helped in this new structure ”.

“This is an emergency for respiratory patients, whether they are suspected or have covid, whether they are non-covid respiratory patients. It is a new large area, with direct access to the street and which will replace the current area that we have in the old emergency. We are going to make circuits to guarantee a safer service, both for users and for our professionals, ”said the manager.

Licínio de Carvalho also said that all patients will be tested on entry so that they can be separated and avoid coexistence between covid and non-covid patients. “It has an observation and internment area, which, if necessary, will be activated with 23 beds. We treat around 55 respiratory patients per day. Here we can easily achieve double. “

The general emergency will begin to serve all users without respiratory problems, such as “cardiac, trauma or surgical patients”, illustrated the clinical director, Salvato Feijó.

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The doctor also specified that all patients with respiratory problems will be referred by the CODUs (Urgent Patients Guidance Centers) to ADR-SU.

If a patient is in the general emergency and tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 “he will be referred to this area,” said Salvato Feijó.

Patients already diagnosed with covid-19 and worsening the situation should also face this emergency.

Licínio de Carvalho warned, however, that infected patients do not present to this emergency without first contacting their attending physician or the Health 24 line.

With an investment of around 570 thousand euros, the new ADR-SU and the new covid-19 hospitalization area will occupy part of the area affected by the physical medicine and rehabilitation service.

It has an emergency room, a reception and waiting area, a triage room, three medical offices, a treatment room, an observation room with seven armchairs and ten stretchers, a room that can accommodate 20 beds, three bedrooms, isolation room and portable x-ray room.

The Leiria hospital center includes the Santo André hospital, the Pombal district hospital and the Bernardino Lopes De Oliveira hospital, in Alcobaça, in a universe of around 400,000 users.

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