THE JUNTA DE ANDALUCIA is considering building a new hospital in Malaga City.
Officials from the Ministry of Health have now received an expert report on the proposal and will respond to it by late January or early February.
The 300 page report, led by former Minister of Health Jose Luis Garcia de Arboleya, considers the impact of building an 800 bed hospital on the land behind the Materno Infantil. Under the proposals the current Carlos Haya Hospital would become a 400 or 500 bed hospital for patients with chronic conditions. In turn, the Hospital Civico would become a research and training hospital.
Around 300 people helped create the document, with sources saying, “we are confident that what we have proposed will go forward. He next step is for the Ministry of Health to give its opinion to the proposals we have made.”
Last week it was announced Malaga’s Carlos Haya Hospital is doubling its capacity to deal with stroke victims.
The move will mean fewer patients will be sent to Cordoba to be treated after the hospital’s stroke section increased from four to eight beds.
Patients requiring a thrombectomy to remove a clot will now be able to be treated in Malaga in the evenings and weekends. So far the procedure- which can only take place within six hours of a stroke- has only been carried out from Monday to Friday in the morning. Last year, 14 patients instead had to be treated in Cordoba owing to Carlos Haya’s limited treatment times. Two new doctors have now been hired at the hospital to add to the existing two specialists at the unit.
The expanded section will open in the second half of January, benefiting around between 450 and 500 patients a year. The €60,000 project will see the unit fitted with the latest technology to monitor patients.