Closing of the Portimão birthing block again forces pregnant women to go to Faro

Situation was denounced by the PSD

The delivery block at the Hospital de Portimão has closed again and will remain so until 9:00 am on Monday, July 4th, he confirmed to Sul Informação the Board of Directors (CA) of the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve (CHUA).

This Friday, the PSD deputies elected by the constituency of Faro warned of "a new closure of the Obstetric Emergency Delivery Block of the Portimão Unit, belonging to the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve, until 9 am on the 00th of July, due to the lack of pediatricians".

Questioned by our newspaper, the administration of Algarve hospitals confirmed the closure of the Portimão delivery block «due to the difficulty in ensuring the pediatric schedule», which means «that pregnant women with more than 22 weeks of gestation will be attended at the Hospital Unit in Faro».

"The Gynecology Emergency Department and the Obstetrics Emergency Department, for pregnant women up to 22 weeks of gestation, continue to be provided at the Portimão Unit", he added.

«Level 2 of the CHUA contingency plan, now in force, provides for this reorganization, ensuring a coordinated care response between the two hospitals, thus ensuring the safety of services provided at a regional level», concluded the CHUA CA.

In addition to warning of the closure of the birthing block, the social-democratic deputies also spoke of the «possibility» of «coming to be transferred to Faro children and young people hospitalized in Portimão due to lack of clinicians».

In this case, CHUA only guarantees that the information “is not confirmed”.

Luís Gomes, Rui Cristina and Ofélia Ramos ask the Ministry of Health to clarify “this whole situation that so harms pregnant women, children and young people living in the Algarve”.

«The Minister of Health and the PS have shown a total lack of respect for the population of the Algarve. It takes impudence to paint a SNS pink in one day and the next day to allow the closure of hospitals, leaving thousands of people without an adequate response», they accuse.