The Acute Care Network Northern-Netherlands (AZNN) are awaiting the effects of the regulation change with ‘concern and tension’
Translated by Thomas Ansell
Hospitals in the Northern Netherlands are looking towards upcoming Coronavirus rule changes with trepidation, reports RTV Noord. The number of patients suffering from the Coronavirus is still exceptionally high, and the hospitals are worried about a large number of new people needing care once the rule changes take effect next week.
Northern hospitals have seen the highest number of Coronavirus patients since last May this week, says the AZNN. 191 Coronavirus sufferers are receiving medical attention in a Northern hospital, with 15 requiring intensive care. Not all of these people are from the North, with hospitals in Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe regularly receiving patients from other regions to spread pressure on the health system evenly.
“It is still ‘all hands on deck’ for care personnel”, says the AZNN, “staff are under a lot of pressure, and many of them have been working overtime for a year at least. It is a massive pressure on our staffing, and as a result lots of normal care has been postponed.”
However, more positive news has come regarding hospital admissions in groups where vaccination is high. “The number of infected 70-plussers has dropped off”, says the AZNN. From next week, the Janssen vaccine will also be delivered to hospitals in the North. This is likely to further improve vaccination capacity in the region.