The first corona patients will be transferred to Germany on Friday morning, reports the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS). It is the first time since the first wave of infection that Dutch corona patients have crossed the border again.
The helicopter with the first patient has to take off at the Flevo hospital in Almere around 9.30 am. The patient goes to a hospital in Münster. The helicopter then returns to take a second patient from Almere to Münster.
It is conscious that the first patients are going to Germany from Almere. Hospitals in the Northwest region, which includes Almere, have great difficulty keeping up with the influx of patients. “It is very crowded there, the water is on their lips,” said the LCPS.
On Saturday, two patients will probably be transferred from the Southwest care region (Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Zeeland) to Germany, and on Sunday two patients from the Central region (Utrecht and environs).
Relocations should reduce pressure on hospitals
Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the National Network Acute Care (LNAZ), said he expected the first relocations on Friday. By relocating patients to Germany, as during the first wave, the pressure on Dutch hospitals should be reduced.
Due to the increasing number of corona patients, several hospitals have been forced to scale down regular care. Corona patients have been relocated among themselves for some time, because many corona patients are hospitalized, especially in the west of the Netherlands.
Currently, more than 10 percent of Dutch hospital beds are occupied by corona patients. In intensive care (ic), this even concerns almost half of the available beds. More than two thousand corona patients are now treated in the hospital.
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