Indre. The mayor of Châteauroux advises against going to the emergency room of his city’s hospital

Indre.  The mayor of Châteauroux advises against going to the emergency room of his city’s hospital

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“People are dying because they have not been properly diagnosed and taken care of” in the Châteauroux emergency room: after the alert from the mayor of this Indre commune, the health authorities pointed out on Wednesday evening the organizational problems within of the hospital and issued several recommendations.

In an email addressed to the Regional Health Agency (ARS) on March 7, and revealed by the daily The New Republicthe mayor of Châteauroux, Gil Averous (ex-LR), said he had “never experienced such disrepair of the public hospital service”.

“We cannot continue to count the people who die because they have not been properly diagnosed and taken care of,” continued the councilor, who “strongly advises (the) residents not to go to the hospital emergency room de Châteauroux” and invited them to “favor the Issoudun hospital (30 minutes away), or the Limoges hospital (an hour and 10 minutes’ drive)”, according to the regional daily.

” No! The patients who arrive at the emergency room are patients who generally cannot choose to go to Limoges or Issoudun, they are people who do not have a vehicle, who are waiting for medical transport to return home,” reacts to AFP the general director of the ARS of Centre-Val de Loire recipient of this email, Clara de Bort.

“A very unattractive territory”

The Châteauroux hospital has “difficulties recruiting staff” due to a “very unattractive territory for health professionals”, she notes. “We are asking the hospital to compensate for all the difficulties of the health system and social difficulties,” she regrets.

The regional director cites as proof the elderly patients who are “sent to the hospital because they are at the end of their lives”. Finally, it highlights organizational problems specific to the establishment and recommends a series of measures.

Thus, it is necessary “that as many patients as possible can wait in a box rather than in the entrance airlock”, that “nurses be authorized to position a patient in a box” before even having seen a doctor, that “nurses reception and orientation can request a standard biology examination, while waiting for a doctor to see the patient,” she recommends in particular.

In approximately six weeks, the ARS, the hospital and the mayor of Châteauroux will make an initial assessment of these recommendations outlined in a three-page letter sent to the establishment last week.

“We are opening a period of action and evaluation,” commented to AFP Gil Averous, who is due to review the hospital management on Thursday evening.

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