Martini Hospital closes two ORs; eighty operations postponed


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The Martini Hospital will close two operating rooms from Tuesday to make room in the schedule to reduce pressure on staff. ‘Due to reduced employability among healthcare staff in the Martini Hospital, the workload is increasing’, the hospital reports Tuesday afternoon.

Almost 10 percent of the people are at home, some of them because of a cold and others because of seasonal flu. The hospital also sees that the number of COVID patients is steadily increasing and this requires extra efforts from employees. According to the hospital, the flexible capacity has already been used almost completely.

“This means that there is still very little stretch and that worries me,” says chairman of the board Hans Feenstra. ‘It is important that our colleagues remain deployable, especially given the expectation that this situation will continue in the coming months. We have therefore decided to scale up healthcare to a limited extent in order to create space in the planning. ‘

The closure of the two ORs for the next two weeks means that the appointment of about 80 patients will be postponed. The patients have since been called. After these two weeks, the situation will be reviewed.

‘We realize that it is really annoying for patients that we cancel a number of operations in the short term. By temporarily closing two operating theaters now, we hope to keep the impact as small as possible, ‘said Chairman of the Board Hans Feenstra.

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