Covid-19: Hospital Amadora-Sintra builds new intensive care unit to open in December

The investment of 801 thousand euros, was already foreseen and was anticipated to respond to the increased needs. It strengthens the hospital's capacity with 15 UC beds and the works will start this Monday, October 19th, revealed the chairman of the Board of Directors, Marco Ferreira.

O Hospital Fernando da Fonseca, ou Amadora-Sintra, como é conhecido, vai construir uma nova Unidade de Cuidados Intensivos para reforçar a resposta no contexto da pandemia Covid-19. A  obra está orçada em 801.900 euros e deverá entrar em funcionamento em dezembro.

The construction of the new level II Intensive Care Unit (UCI II) is scheduled to start on Monday and should be completed on December 10, the chairman of the Hospital Board of Directors Professor Professor Fernando da Fonseca (HFF) told Lusa. , Marco Ferreira.

This investment represents an increase of 15 beds, compared to the current four existing in this level II and the medical team that will integrate it will result from the reorganization of the Intensive Care Service team and the hiring of intensive care doctors, nurses and operational assistants.

“It is a structuring work for the Hospital Professor Doutor Fernando da Fonseca and with a transversal impact on the entire institution and on the quality of the care we provide”, said Marco Ferreira.

The work was scheduled to be carried out in 2021, but also, due to the current epidemic situation, it was anticipated and will be carried out in a “very short period”, he said, noting that the HFF is from hospitals in the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo with the highest number of covid-19 patients hospitalized since the start of the pandemic.

“O objetivo é começar desde já a dar resposta ao aumento de necessidade que é previsível não só pelo inverno, como pela situação de pandemia por covid-19“, vincou.

Currently, HFF has an average of 2,6 level II intensive care beds per 100 inhabitants and this project will increase this ratio to five beds per 100.000 inhabitants, “which is already closer to the national average and allows to provide care higher quality to users ”, stressed Marco Ferreira.

On Friday, the hospital had three of the 10 level III intensive care beds occupied with Covid-19 patients, with the vacancies being centrally managed by the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley.

"When it is necessary to make it available to other institutions that are under greater pressure, we also support them", he said, explaining that this capacity is also complementary to the beds that are occupied by patients with other diseases.

“HFF is one of the hospitals in the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo with the largest number of covid-19 patients hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic”, and the creation of the UCI will “relieve the pressure on the institution's Intensive Medicine, being new investments in strengthening the hospital's response are foreseen, in the very short term ”, he stressed.

The new ICU will “significantly improve” the health care provided, adapting it to the critically ill at its different levels of severity, decreasing the average number of days of patients admitted to the short-term unit of the General Emergency Service, and optimizing the use of intensive care beds.

It will also allow to reduce the rate of surgical cancellations associated with the lack of intensive care beds in the most complex surgeries, namely oncology.

The unit, which will be built in the area currently occupied by the Ambulatory Surgery Unit, close to the Intensive Care Unit, general urgency and operating theater, includes a nursing and centralized surveillance post.

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