This Wednesday, the Minister of Health announced that there are 500 vacancies in the National Continuing Care Network to receive patients hospitalized for social reasons, especially in the area of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley.
🇧🇷We already have about 500 guaranteed places that will start to be used“I think this week, definitely next week, and we will try to increase this number because it is absolutely necessary,” Manuel Pizarro told reporters on the sidelines of the presentation of the Ministry of Health Strategic Plan: Seasonal Health Response – Winter 2022 -2023, Lisbon.
According to the minister, these vacancies are the result of joint work with the Ministry of Labor, Solidarity and Social Protection, with charitable and private institutions of social solidarity, with “priority given to the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley”.“Because that’s where the “pressure is greatest.”
“But we are going to do it across the country, because it also allows the flow of hospitals to work better,” he stressed.
During the presentation of the plan, the Secretary of State for Health Promotion announced a number of measures in the document aimed at older and more vulnerable populations.
Among them are strengthening transitional program between hospital discharge and social responseincreasing the response capacity of the social sector hired by the state, and thus speeding up the departure of those who no longer need clinical care in the hospital.
“There is a fundamental concern because we know that the pathologies that are characteristic of this time, from Covid-19 to the flu or even the common cold, do not affect all people equally and people living in conditions of greater vulnerability suffer moreand suffered more during the pandemic, as in other winter seasons, so they are given special attention here,” said Margarida Tavares.
According to the minister, outbreaks in nursing homes (ERPI) or similar facilities will continue to be “actively monitored” because it is known that “it is in conditions of greater vulnerability that the most adverse effects can occur.”
He also announced a telemedicine service for support of reference specialists in departmentsin residential structures for the elderly, and special groups of professionals from clusters of health centers or hospitals who actively visit homes for the elderly to avoid decompensation and possible health care resources.
“And obviously we want to improve humanization and communication with family memberswith caregivers of people who are in emergency services,” he stressed.
Asked on the sidelines of the presentation of the plan whether there is already a need to strengthen the SNS 24 line, the Minister of Health said that they are doing this strengthening.
We are already doing this because we plan to create new answersthe answer, which I think is absolutely innovative and very important, is the presence in every inpatient department for the elderly [ERPI] a qualified specialist who will connect to a specific function of the Saúde 24 line, where people can get professional advice,” said Manuel Pizarro.
In many cases, they will even be able to get medical advice that will enable them to direct the situation of many of those people who are hospitalized in these departments in search of a solution to their problem at the local level.
Not only is this better for that person, but it also reduces excess demand from the National Health Service, the minister said.
“We cannot forget that in all these units, and there are almost 4,000 of them in the country, more than 100,000 elderly people live,” said Manuel Pizarro.