Pamplona (EFE) — A new medical center in the Lezcairo district, staffed by 20 specialists and another 12 mental health professionals, will serve nearly 8,500 family medicine and pediatric patients starting this Thursday.
The center was inaugurated this Monday in an act attended by, among others, the President of the Government of Navarre, Maria Civite, the Minister of Health, Santos Indurain, and the Mayor of Pamplona, Enrique Maia.
The facility, located at the confluence of Juan Pablo II and Catalunya Avenues in the capital of Navarra, has attracted an investment of 6.35 million from European REACT funds. This entails a reorganization of the attention of the nearest medical centers, that is, the centers of Segundo Ensanche and La Milagrosa.
The center is initially expected to serve 8,435 people, including 6,381 in family medicine and 2,054 in paediatrics, although this population may increase as this new area of Pamplona develops. In particular, out of a total of 4795 patients from family medicine and 1644 from Segundo Ensanche, and 1586 and 410 from La Milagrosa.
Staff of 20 specialists
The health center employs 20 specialists, including four primary care physicians, three pediatricians, eight nurses, two of whom are pediatricians, four administrative staff and a social worker. In addition, the building will house a mental health unit that will employ 12 professionals, all of whom have so far been based at La Milagrosa Medical Center.
In addition to the Primary Health Care Unit, the Lezcairo facilities will house the La Milagrosa Mental Health Centre, which until now has been located in the Pamplona area health center.
The personnel department in the mental health service employs 12 specialists: 4 psychiatrists, 3 clinical psychologists, 2 nurses, 1 social worker and 2 administrative specialists. As with its former location, the Lezkairo Mental Health Center will become the mental health benchmark for a population of 74,470.
The psychiatric care zone, which has its own differentiated entrances and exits from the medical center, is located on an area of 526 square meters. To these are added staff quarters, entrance, reception and archives, waiting and handling rooms and warehouses.
The building is 1,237 square meters in size for primary care and is in line with demographic projections for the area. The layout of the premises is divided into three floors of use, to which are added a roof and a basement.
On the first and first floors are located all the needs for the use of primary health care, and on the second – those related to mental health. The center is built around a large 342 square meter patio, complete with waiting rooms and aisles, which adjoins the pediatric rooms located on the ground floor.
The center, in turn, includes intelligent double-deck warehouses, which, among other things, lead to an increase in the efficiency of the storage process, prevent stock gaps, optimize space in the centers, and save on the elimination of excess and expired goods.
Protecting the health of the 21st century
In her speech at this opening ceremony, the President assured that the design of this new building is intended to “serve healthcare in the 21st century.” He stressed that it is a sustainable building with “almost zero” energy consumption.
“This is an important day for healthcare” in Navarra, said Civite, who indicated that primary care is almost back to normal, and in this sense stressed that 80% of consultation requests are processed on the same day, when the national average is seven days. In addition, according to him, “we maintain the quality of service”, which reaches twelve minutes per patient.
The President confirmed that the pandemic has caused significant “stress” in the health care system, forcing exceptional measures, and while normality has almost returned, “we want to move on.” In this regard, he stressed that this law required the opposition to create 1,355 positions for medical workers, expand the services provided in medical centers, and improve infrastructure.
“We have one of the best healthcare systems in Spain and primary health care is the backbone of it,” he said.