The Antonius healthcare group in Sneek and the Isala Diaconessenhuis in Meppel are making preparations to take on patients from the IJsselmeer hospitals which declared bankruptcy this week.
Translation by Traci White
Omrop Fryslan reports that the Antonius healthcare group has a branch in Emmeloord, which is in the province of Overijssel, and is considering accelerating its plans to expand its facilities there in light of the bankruptcy announcement.
According to RTV Drenthe, the Isala Diaconessenhuis clinics in Meppel and Zwolle were approached by the Dutch insurance company Zilveren Kruis to see if they could take on additional patients. The Meppel clinic will take the coming weeks to evaluate if they are in a position to provide care for more patients.
The IJsselmeer hospitals include facilities in Lelystad, Urk, Dronten and Emmeloord, as well as a maternity facility. NOS reports that the four hospitals have around 200 patients combined, and will remain open for the time being while insurance companies are in talks with nearby medical centres to ensure that treatment is not interrupted.
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