The Warsaw authorities renewed their application to the Minister of Health for the return of the Southern Hospital. – About 30 COVID-19 patients have been staying in the hospital for weeks. A maximum of 100 beds should be left as security, and the remainder should be retrofitted and wards for non-covid patients should be opened, argues the vice-president of the capital, Renata Kaznowska.
At the end of May, the Mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, addressed the Minister of Health, Adam Niedzielski a letter requesting the return of the Southern Hospital. He was motivated by an increasing number of vaccinated people, a decreasing number of patients hospitalized in the Southern Hospital and the gradual phasing out of other temporary hospitals, for example in the National Stadium or in Radom.
As Justyna Maletka from the Ministry of Health’s communication office informed, due to the fact that we need to be prepared for the fourth wave of cases, “some temporary hospitals will have to remain ready to provide services to patients with COVID-19”. After consultations with the Masovian Voivode, the Southern Hospital was selected for this task.
On Thursday, Vice President Kaznowska announced on Twitter that the Warsaw authorities renewed their application to Minister Niedzielski for the return of the Southern Hospital. “For weeks, about 30 patients with COVID-19 have been staying in the Southern Hospital. A maximum of 100 beds should be left as protection, and the rest of the facilities should be retrofitted and wards for non-covid patients should be opened” – Kaznowska wrote.
Built with “great financial effort”
The entry was accompanied by a letter sent to the Minister of Health, in which she repeated the earlier request of the Warsaw authorities to urgently terminate the decision of March 26 this year, appointing Dr. Ewa Więckowska to perform the duties of the Solec Hospital manager (Solec includes, among others, South).
Kaznowska also emphasized that the Southern Hospital is a municipal hospital, which was built “with the great financial effort” of the inhabitants of Warsaw, and “has been standing almost empty for several weeks”. “Today, on June 10, 2021, there are only 22 patients on standard beds and 8 patients on ventilator beds in the hospital” – she indicated. She recalled that the hospital was to provide services to 300 patients.
She recommended leaving a maximum of two covid modules in a temporary hospital in the event of an increase in morbidity, and in the remaining scope opening departments for the treatment of patients in other areas. In her opinion, the proposed hybrid system is the only right solution in the current situation, taking into account both the interests of “noncovid” patients as well as the needs of COVID-19 infected patients from Warsaw and Mazovia. Moreover, as she argued, it would also allow the Southern Hospital to be included in the “pocovid” rehabilitation program.
Kaznowska also assessed that the current level of treatment in the hospital not only does not allow to use its full potential, but also to ensure readiness to continue admitting covid patients with comorbidities. As she argued, in the event of an increased number of infections, the capital city authorities are afraid of repeating the situation from this year, when the temporary hospital “consistently” refused to admit covid patients with comorbidities.
A temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients has been operating at the Southern Hospital in Warsaw since February 15. The order to create a temporary hospital in this facility was issued by the voivode of Mazovia, Konstanty Radziwiłł. At the end of March, at the request of the voivode, the Minister of Health, Adam Niedzielski issued a decision to introduce an attorney to the company Szpital Solec. It was Dr. Ewa Więckowska, former president of Solec since 2013. The City Hall is currently accusing her of not fulfilling her duties as the director of the Solec Hospital.
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