The Hospital Comarcal de Inca inaugurates its new Intensive Care Unit

Jan 11, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

It has a surface area of 903 square metres and a capacity for seven beds plus an additional bed.

The Hospital Comarcal de Inca now has a new intensive care unit (ICU). It is a space of 903 m2 (812 more than the current ICU) with seven beds and a technical room, where an additional bed can be placed if necessary. It should be noted that, prior to the pandemic, the Hospital only had four ICU beds.

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Hospital Comarcal de Inca

Each box in the new ICU is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, both for patient monitoring and mobilisation. Its design has taken into account the humanisation criteria for the ICU; therefore all the boxes have large windows and natural light, in order to guarantee the comfort of the patients. The needs of patients’ families have also been taken into account so that they will have intimate and comfortable spaces in the waiting rooms and information areas.

“After this expansion works, the new critical care unit has more beds, more space and, above all, more safety for the professionals and for the patients of the Raiguer region”, explained the President of the Balearic Islands Government, Francina Armengol, who attended the inauguration of the ICU together with the Regional Minister of Health, Patricia Gómez, on Monday; the director general of the Health Service, Manuel Palomino; the managing director of the Hospital Comarcal de Inca, Soledad Gallardo, and the mayor of Inca, Virgili Moreno. Francina Armengol has pledged to “continue improving and investing in health, the top priority of this government”.

Just over three months ago the Hospital inaugurated the new Rehabilitation building, a space of 668 m2 (350 more than the previous one), in which seventeen physiotherapists, three auxiliary nursing care technicians (TCAE), an occupational therapist and an administrative assistant work from 8.00 to 21.00 from Monday to Friday.

Refurbishment and extension of the Emergency Department

The last phase of work at the Hospital consists, on the other hand, of the refurbishment and extension of the Emergency Department. For this reason, since 8 November last year, all adult patients who come to the Emergency Department have been temporarily attended – for the duration of the works – in an area located next to the current entrance to the Department. When the refurbishment is completed, the Emergency Department will have a surface area of 2,263 m2 and will have forty seats, ten armchairs and six short-stay unit beds (until now it had thirty-three seats and two armchairs). In addition, adult and paediatric emergency care will follow separate circuits. In fact, the paediatric emergency area will have seven seats, six stretchers and two short-stay unit beds.

According to the 1999 functional plan, the Hospital Comarcal de Inca was designed to attend a population of 84,000 inhabitants, but it currently attends almost 135,000, so that the initially planned size has been significantly exceeded.

Health infrastructures

The expansion and refurbishment work on the Inca Regional Hospital, which will cost 8,000,372 euros, is part of the health infrastructure plan of the Regional Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs, which currently has projects and investments worth 300 million euros underway throughout the Balearic Islands, creating three thousand direct and indirect jobs. Around 200 million are earmarked for creating, extending or refurbishing hospital infrastructures, and the rest is earmarked for building or remodelling health centres and basic health units, as well as new 061 bases, mainly.

In terms of hospital infrastructures, in Mallorca, 183 million euros are earmarked for the new Son Dureta; to convert the Psychiatric Hospital into the Bons Aires Health Park (Palma); to extend the Manacor Hospital; to build the new emergency room, the ICU and the Rehabilitation Service of the Inca Regional Hospital, as described above, and to reform the General Hospital (Palma).

In Menorca, the refurbishment of the Verge del Toro Hospital stands out, with an investment of 15 million euros, while in Ibiza, 3 million euros are being spent on the Can Misses Hospital. Meanwhile, the new haemodialysis service at the Hospital de Formentera represents an investment of 400,000 euros.

As for primary care in Mallorca, 80.8 million euros are earmarked for various projects, including the Nuredduna Health Centre (Artà), the new basic health units in Consell, Montuïri, Sant Joan and Santa Margalida, and the construction and maintenance of the primary care centres of Bons Aires and Son Ferriol, both in Palma, and the Pollença Health Centre. The basic health units in Portocolom and Sant Llorenç are also being refurbished, and the Pere Garau and Emili Darder health centres (Palma) are being remodelled on an ad hoc basis. And in Menorca, a 7.7-million-euro renovation project is underway at the Canal Salat health centre (Ciutadella).

Other important actions are the new 061 base in Formentera, with a budget of 2.6 million euros, and the work on the new base for all land medical transport in Mallorca, for which almost 2 million euros are earmarked. Likewise, the first Casa de Nacimientos Extrahospitalarios in the state, next to Son Espases, is being planned, with an estimated investment of 1.2 million euros.