There is a “realistic chance” that the Antonius Health Care Group in Sneek will take over hospital care in the Noordoostpolder and Urk.
Translation by Traci White
The IJsselmeer hospitals which had previously provided medical care in the region declared bankruptcy in October. At the time, there were talks of Frisian and Drenthe hospitals taking over treatment for the patients who were in hospital at the time.
Omrop Fryslân reports that medical care minister Bruno Bruins informed the Dutch parliament that the odds are good that the Antonius Health Care Group will take over at least some of the facilities.
The Antonius Health Care Group is planning to focus more on in home care than hospital care. The group already has an emergency care facility in Emmeloord which is open to simple surgical procedures, such as x-ray photos, putting casts on broken limbs and stitches. The hospital in Sneek has access to the photos taken at the Emmeloord facility and can provide advice and staff to Emmeloord.
The minister says that residents of the Noordoostpolder and Urk who need medical attention overnight or require more complex treatment can travel to other hospitals in the region, namely Sneek, Heerenveen or Almere.