Numbers of people suffering from the Coronavirus and needing hospital treatment are at their highest since May last year
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported by the GIC, the Martini Hospital in the south of the city of Groningen will be shutting eight operating theatres to help deal with a high number of incoming Coronavirus patients. The move is intended to make space as at the moment incoming patients have had to be moved to hospitals in other parts of the Netherlands.
Of the fourteen operating theatres, only six will be open and working this coming week as a way to guarantee normal care at the Martini Hospital. Planned operations will be cancelled or moved to accommodate the closure.
The Martini Hospital has seen a large rise in incoming Coronavirus patients in recent weeks, not just from the North but also other Dutch regions. All current Coronavirus beds are taken, and the Intensive Care Unit is similarly busy.
Patients that require a bed for reasons other than Coronavirus can still be received, says the hospital. “Through intelligent planning we will attempt to make sure that our capacity is maximized”, says the Martini.