Second corona wave: Zuyderland reduces concern | 1Limburg


The Zuyderland hospitals in Geleen and Heerlen have canceled dozens of operations due to the corona crisis.

Two of the 19 operating theaters in total have been temporarily closed, and 50 previously planned operations have been canceled.

Quarantine, griep in kou
Zuyderland is struggling with staff who cannot show up for work, because employees are quarantined at home due to the corona crisis. Flu and colds also start to strike. Employees with such symptoms should also stay at home while awaiting a corona test.

Very annoying
Emergency procedures and oncology operations will continue at all times, Zuyderland emphasizes. “We realize that it is really annoying for patients that we have to cancel a number of surgeries in the short term, but by temporarily closing two ORs, we hope to keep the impact as small as possible,” said chairman of the board David Jongen.

The hospital contacts patients whose surgery has been canceled to schedule a new appointment. For the time being, the two operating rooms will remain closed until Friday, October 9. Then it is evaluated how much effect the measure has had.

Before the second corona wave broke out, Zuyderland expected that it would be able to maintain regular care. Due to the high level of absenteeism, this is not possible now. Healthcare has also been scaled down because the hospital expects that the pressure on healthcare staff will be high again in the coming months. The now slight reduction in the number of operations gives more space in the planning of the personnel.

The news comes a day after Jongen still expected that the care would remain up to standard.
This he said on Tuesday:

Also read: Second wave: ‘More pressure on regular beds than on ic’

At other hospitals, there does not seem to be any question of reversing regular care at the moment. The St. Jans Gasthuis in Weert and the Laurentius hospital in Roermond let it be known that ‘downscaling’ is not an issue. Maastricht UMC + and Vie Curi with hospitals in Venlo and Venray were not available for a response. Their websites do not mention anything about the downsizing of regular care.

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