Centro Hospitalar do Médio Tejo (CHMT) responded to 99,306 emergency episodes in the first eight months of the year, a growth of 35% compared to the same period in 2021, having also increased scheduled surgeries, consultations and exams. In a statement, the CHMT, which integrates the Torres Novas, Abrantes and Tomar units, states that, in addition to emergency care (with 25,501 more episodes than in the previous year and 1% more than in 2019), up to 31 August, 30% more scheduled surgeries (in a total of 5,995), with urgent surgeries growing by 13%.
In the first eight months of the year, a further 8,097 consultations were carried out, out of a total of 117,717, with an additional 15% of first consultations being answered, in addition to “a record increase in the performance of tests and complementary diagnostic means”, with a a total of 1,764,530 exams, a value 14% above pre-pandemic indicators, in 2019, highlights the institution.
According to the CHMT, Covid-19 “remained very present in the three hospital units” that make it up, having, in the accumulated period of eight months, spent 1,142 inpatients dedicated to this disease, “of which 6.5% needed medical assistance.” highly differentiated health care provided in the institution’s Intensive Care Unit”. “The average length of stay in the ward was 17.7 days and the death of 254 patients is regretted, two thirds of which in the age groups between 80 and 99 years old”, he adds.
“CHMT faces the final stretch of 2022, a very challenging year for the National Health Service, with a balance of assistance to the population of the Middle Tagus that everyone should be proud of – users, who received more health care and health professionals, from all professional categories, who responded to the call of public health despite the accumulated fatigue of the pandemic”, says Casimiro Ramos, chairman of the CHMT board of directors.