Brussels hospitals can once again transfer Covid patients to other regions

Hospitals in the Brussels-Capital Region will once again be able to transfer Covid patients to hospitals in other regions as of Monday, following a decision by the FPS Public Health, indicated on Saturday Dr. Philippe Peetrons, chief medical officer of Iris-Sud hospitals. “We made this request because several intensive care units in Brussels are saturated.”

This request from Brussels hospitals was relayed on Friday and Saturday by RTL and RTBF.

“At Brugmann hospital, Iris-Sud and Saint-Luc hospitals, around half of patients in intensive care units are Covid patients,” adds Philippe Peetrons. “Half of the reception capacity is also affected in intensive care in Erasme and at the CHU Saint-Pierre because these hospitals are currently understaffed, for various reasons. At Chirec, intensive care is practically filled with Covid patients. ”

“From Monday, transfers will be possible again, confirmed to us on Saturday the FPS Public Health,” said Dr Peetrons. “The situation is better in the other provinces. According to the latest data available, there are around 80 hospitals where there are hardly any patients in intensive care units. ”

In recent days, UZ Brussel has also asked to be able to transfer patients, says spokesperson Karolien De Prez. “But we continue to admit patients. Transfers are made to spread the load across multiple hospitals. At UZ Brussel, there are currently 15 confirmed Covid patients in intensive care, three of whom are on a ventilator and one is assisted by a heart-lung machine. ”

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