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Around EUR 4 million for Altona children's hospital

Health authority calls for paediatric, interdisciplinary emergency and admission ward

The Hamburg Authority of Social Affairs, Family, Health and Consumer Protection (BVG) is providing EUR 3.9 million for improved emergency care in Altona’s children hospital, according to a press release Thursday (August 17, 2017). The funds will go towards restructuring the emergency ward and building an admission station. Cornelia Prüfer-Storcks, Senator for Health, said: “The medical care of children and youths is a priority and has special requirements. This also applies to emergency care.”

Rising number of patients in emergency ward

The new emergency and admission would cut long waiting times and help avoid double examinations, the senator stressed. The Altona children’s hospital has over 205 in-patient beds and 31 partial in-patient places for sick children and victims of accidents in west Hamburg. Rising patient numbers in emergency wards among others are already stretching existing care capacities to their limits, the press release added.

Admitting patients at night and at peak periods

The funds will also go towards ten single bedrooms to be built beside the emergency ward. Then, emergency patients can be admitted at night and peak periods and thus relieve other wards. The new ward is due to be completed in late 2018.

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