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Health Board: scheduled treatment must be safe

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Due to the coronavirus spreading inside the hospital, the Health Board recommends the West Tallinn Central Hospital to delay restarting scheduled treatment in order to ensure patients’ safety.

In cooperation with the West Tallinn Central Hospital, the Health Board has determined that between 12 March and 5 May, 24 employees of the West Tallinn Central Hospital became infected with the coronavirus, and between 24 March and 1 May the virus spread to 24 patients receiving treatment at the hospital.

To trace the chain of infections, the Health Board has carried out epidemiological studies, counselled the hospital staff and conducted random testing on 290 asymptomatic employees, whose tests returned negative results.

Head of the Health Board’s northern regional health care proceedings group doctor Juta Varjas says that in order to further investigate the causes of the infections, the Health Board has also launched national supervision proceedings, which among other aspects will also investigate the use of personal protective equipment at the hospital. “Working together with the hospital, we hope to find answers to our questions as soon as possible, because restoring scheduled treatment without risk of infection is a priority for us as well as the hospital,” said doctor Varjas. According to her, the hospital has isolated some of the units in order to contain the spread of the virus. “Although there are some units at the hospital, where containing the virus has been successful, the risk of infection has not entirely passed.”

Chair of the board of the West Tallinn Central Hospital Imbi Moks says that the West Tallinn Central Hospital is taking the Health Board recommendations very seriously and in addition to patients coming in for treatment is also regularly testing the hospital personnel. “If a coronavirus patient has been detected in a unit, very strict quarantine measures have followed. Other patients being treated at the same unit have, if possible, been sent home or isolated in a specially designated unit, a special brigade has conducted a thorough cleaning of the rooms, and employees who have had contact with the COVID-19 positive patient have been put in quarantine,” explained doctor Moks. According to her, due to the virus, the hospital cannot return to regular work loads quite yet. “We are doing everything we can in order to be able to safely continue scheduled treatment as soon as possible. The less we are able to treat patients’ health concerns in a planned manner, the more we will see need for emergency care. Emergency care, however, is always more difficult for the patient and also tends to lead to longer hospital stays,” says doctor Moks.

The Health Board proceedings will investigate the activities at the West Tallinn Central Hospital Marine unit (Paldiski mnt 68) and the Merimetsa unit (Paldiski mnt 66), which is the infectious disease clinic.

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