XIMO PUIG, the president of the Valencian Community, paid a visit to the Vega Baja Hospital and announced plans for a potential expansion to the busy health centre.
He said that the Ministry of Health is currently in talks with the management team at the hospital near to Orihuela – that already serves half of the population of the Vega Baja – to assess the current and future requirements of the local demographic that includes many UK citizens.
Patients have been demanding a necessary extension to the hospital for many years, something that has now been acknowledged by the Generalitat in Valencia.
Puig stated that the overall objective is to offer better care to the users of the hospital although until the study is completed it won’t be known the amount of investment required or, indeed, when that might be available.
“The extension is necessary to improve and expand the portfolio of available medical services.
“It forms a large part of our costs, currently 6,500 million euros, which is 40% of our actual budget,” said Puig.
The Minister for Health, Carmen Montón, was also part of the official delegation to the Vega Baja Hospital, said that the proposed extension could enable the centre to have enhanced outpatient consultation departments and extra operating theaters to increase the capacity for specialist surgical procedures. Not only would the size of the building be expanded, provision would also be made for the necessary extra staff in the new facilities.
The Vega Baja Hospital has recently seen an expansion of 269 metres to the Accident and Emergency Department at a cost of €1,000,000.