The Medical Association of Patras, for a long time and within the framework of its institutional role, has been a helper and pioneer in claiming the rapid and safe reopening of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinic of the University General Hospital of Patras, knowing and recognizing the needs of the wider
From the first moment, he stressed that this restart should be done on a sound basis – a guarantee of proper operation and longevity. Proper reopening requires, in addition to equipment and installation space, the necessary medical and nursing staff. The site is already being prepared for the installation of the Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery Clinic and the equipment is in the supply phase. As the leadership of the Ministry of Health has also committed, for the reopening and development of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinic, the recruitment of the required staff is expected.
At the same time, however, with the reopening of a clinic necessary for the wider region, the need to support and strengthen important departments for the operation of the PGNP should be highlighted.
Significant priority should be given to the adequate staffing of the ICU of PGNP, as well as to the increase of its hospital beds. The need to strengthen it is urgent and urgent, both for possible new cases of COVID – 19, and for seriously ill patients in need of intensive care and for whom the small – compared to the area of responsibility – number of operating ICU beds in PGNP is insufficient. .
At the same time, the need to strengthen, in general, the Surgical Sector of PGNP should be pointed out. The need to manage large waiting lists – as well as, above all, the continuity and strengthening of the tertiary services it provides – necessitates the full development of all operating rooms. This requires further support with anesthesiologists and nursing staff.
We believe that the above remarks are crucial for the shielding and strengthening of PGNP, as an important pillar of public health services in Western Greece.
While waiting for the necessary actions, we monitor the developments, as required by our institutional role.