MRI tests up 30% in Malaga


TWO OF Malaga’s hospitals have increased their MRI testing by 30 per cent.

The city’s Carlos Haya Regional Hospital and University Clinic have started performing the tests on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 10pm, increasing the amount of patients seen and reducing waiting times.

Dr Mercedes Acebal, director of the clinical radiodiagnosis management unit and nuclear medicine at Hospital Clinico, explained some patients prefer to be tested at the weekends due to work and other commitments.  She also said the move made better economic use of the expensive equipment bought by the hospitals.

Meanwhile, it was recently announced the AxarquiaComarcal Hospital has doubled its anaesthetic recovery area. The project has seen the number of beds available to those coming round from surgery increase from six to 12.  The area has also been rearranged to help with sanitation.

Next year, the hospital plans to increase the number of operating theatres from four to five and reform the building’s other facilities.  The area used for operations currently occupies more than 800 square metres, and €200,000 has been invested to expand and improve the space.

The works to double the size of the post-operation area were undertaken during the summer months to lessen the disruption to patients, doctors and visiting families.  Last year 3,900 operations were performed at the AxarquiaComarcal Hospital, 1,021 were emergency surgeries and 2,034 of which were scheduled.

Not all patients are thrilled however, as Rincon de la Victoria’s health centre was closed for two days after cockroaches infested its emergency room.

The site is now open again after workers found a nest hidden in the room’s false ceiling, causing cockroaches to frequent the centre for months. The Malaga Health District ordered the building to be closed while work was undertaken to remove the nest and disinfect the site.

The centre, which opened in 2012, has six health staff and two ambulances.  Juan Jose Bravo, a delegate from the Malaga Nursing Union, condemned the action, saying, “if they have had to close it is because previous treatments have not worked and this is also an indication that no work of this type has been carried out in recent years.”  He added, “in La Cala del Moral there should be another emergency team.”

Over the summer, patients complained of an outbreak of the insects throughout the centre and mainly in its emergency room.  The centre has since apologised to users to the closure’s inconvenience, confirming it would reopen again on Monday, November 20.

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