Within two days, Dutch corona patients will return to Germany | NOW


On Friday or Saturday, Dutch corona patients will be moved to Germany again, says Ernst Kuipers, chairman of the National Acute Care Network.

“We are about to ask German colleagues to receive the first patients”, Kuipers said on Thursday afternoon.

The patients are taken to Germany by ambulance, mobile intensive care unit (micu) or helicopter. “As we did during the first wave,” he explains.

“We already keep our German colleagues informed every day and have always said: ‘It is not necessary yet, but maybe in a week’ ‘, says Kuipers. “Now we’ve said that we expect to transfer the first patient within 24 or 48 hours.”

Germany had already promised to help the Netherlands again if the capacity in Dutch hospitals were not sufficient.

Dutch corona patients are brought to Germany by ambulance, helicopter or mobile intensive care unit. (Photo: ANP)

‘Hospitals not yet full, but must call in Germany in time’

According to Kuipers, the forthcoming relocation of Dutch corona patients to Germany does not mean that the maximum capacity of Dutch hospitals has been reached.

“But with the helicopter and micu you may be able to move a maximum of ten patients a day to Germany. That was the maximum during the first wave. The number of new patients now forms such a large current that you have to switch on Germany in time while the last bed is up. has not yet been forgiven in the Netherlands. Otherwise you will get stuck. “

Dutch patients were also transferred during the first wave. Since the beginning of June, there were no more Dutch corona patients in German hospitals.

On Thursday there will be a total of 1,526 corona patients in Dutch hospitals, 51 more than the day before. 313 of them are on the ic, 12 more than Wednesday. A total of 231 new COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospital in the past 24 hours.

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