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The most corridor-patients in Norway. Stavanger University Hospital puts one of twelve patients in the corridor. Now the Medical Authority’s regional representative says enough is enough. According to figures from the Health Authority, it’s the hospital in Stavanger where the number of corridor-patients is highest. “The reason for this is because the population is on the increase more here than in Bergen, Haugesund and Førde put together”, Elisabeth Schanche, the hospital’s head of information tells The Foreigner.On average, there were 38 patients in the corridor per day in the first quarter of this year.“We also have a large number of elderly patients now, partly due to the immigration to Stavanger that occurred during the oil boom of the 70s”, she continues.Bad conditions And the situation cannot be ideal for the patients themselves, to put it mildly.“The conditions are both unworthy, and make it difficult for the personnel to do a proper job”, says Schanche.Solutions

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The most corridor-patients in Norway

Published on Friday, 13th March, 2009 at 09:20 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Stavanger University Hospital puts one of twelve patients in the corridor. Now the Medical Authority’s regional representative says enough is enough.

A hospital sign
A hospital sign
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Highest in the country

According to figures from the Health Authority, it’s the hospital in Stavanger where the number of corridor-patients is highest.

“The reason for this is because the population is on the increase more here than in Bergen, Haugesund and Førde put together”, Elisabeth Schanche, the hospital’s head of information tells The Foreigner.

On average, there were 38 patients in the corridor per day in the first quarter of this year.

“We also have a large number of elderly patients now, partly due to the immigration to Stavanger that occurred during the oil boom of the 70s”, she continues.

Bad conditions

And the situation cannot be ideal for the patients themselves, to put it mildly.

“The conditions are both unworthy, and make it difficult for the personnel to do a proper job”, says Schanche.

Solutions

Pål Ilden, the Medical Authority’s regional representative has now ordered the hospital to take action.

“We have lost patience now. Our concern will not be unabated until we see that decisions are both put in to practice and are working”, he told NRK Rogaland.

So what is the hospital going to do about it?

“We would like to increase the number of medical staff. An extra 30 beds will boost capacity, and we shall make more use of the St. Svithun Patient Hotel that is attached to the hospital”, Schanche answers.

There is some good news, though. Apparently, the hospital has recently set a new record for the number of births.



Published on Friday, 13th March, 2009 at 09:20 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: hospital, stavanger, immigration, corridor, patients, oil.





  
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