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Project helping reduce overcrowding at central hospitals

Update: April, 16/2015 - 16:09
Services have improved remarkably at 48 hospitals after two years of implementing a satellite hospital project that aims to reduce overcrowding at central hospitals in the country. — Photo healthplus.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Examination and treatment services have improved remarkably at 48 hospitals after two years of implementing a satellite hospital project that aims to reduce overcrowding at central hospitals in the country.

Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said the project was started in 2013 and has established a network that includes 14 core hospitals, which have taken the responsibility of transferring medical techniques to 48 satellite hospitals in five fields that experience serious patient overcrowding, including cardiovascular, surgery, cancer, obstetrics and paediatrics.

Satellite hospitals have also improved their examination and treatment abilities through training; technique transference and by upgrading their infrastructure and medical facilities and through tele-medicine. It also aims to minimise the number of patients being sent to central hospitals for treatment and will ease overcrowding at central hospitals.

"Patients, especially the poor, have access to high-tech services at provincial hospitals, such as the general hospitals of Phu Tho, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Lam Dong and Quang Nam provinces," said Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien today at a conference to review the results of the satellite hospital project for the 2013 to 2020 period.

"Some satellite hospitals have mastered high-techniques transferred by core hospitals. The rates of patients being sent to central hospitals have also declined sharply in 37.5 per cent of the satellite hospitals, thanks to medical technique transference," stressed Tien.

The ministry's data showed that the project had promulgated instructions on diagnosis, treatment for satellite hospitals and successfully transferred 224 medical techniques to 1,745 doctors and medical technicians.

Last year, the Ninh Thuan General Hospital had sent only 12 patients with skull and brain injuries to higher level hospitals for treatment, compared with 104 in 2013. The Phu Tho general hospital provided cancer surgery and treatment for 5,535 patients in 2014, in comparison with 2,876 cases in the previous year, the ministry's Medical Services Administration Head Luong Ngoc Khue said.

"The project has contributed to reducing overcrowding at central hospitals. At the moment, patients do not have to share a bed at some central hospitals in Ha Noi, such as Viet Duc or National Paediatrics," said Khue.

At the event, participants also said that some satellite hospitals lacked human resources and medical facilities that meet the requirements for training and technique transference.

They also proposed to put the Ha Noi Heart Hospital into a core hospital list and add the general hospitals of Lao Cai, Quang Ninh, Thai Nguyen, Dien Bien, Cao Bang and Vinh Phuc to a list of satellite hospitals. — VNS



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