The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has activated contingency plans for Primary Care in Tenerife and Gran Canaria given the upturn in infections that are registered in the islands and that makes their health centers serve more than 12,700 active cases, 10,000 more than those recorded on June 30.
These contingency plans establish management actions in health centers to make covid-19 care compatible with ordinary activity, guaranteeing the adequate care response, hence they establish a capacity control and telephone assistance as a preferred method of consultation to Optional criteria, in addition to taking measures to reduce administrative tasks and streamline consultations, the Ministry has informed in a statement.
Given the “high level of transmission of Covid-19” registered by Tenerife and Gran Canaria, the health authority recalls that patients with symptoms compatible with this disease should call 900-112-061, where they will tell you what to do, since it is “totally contraindicated” to go to the emergency services in these cases.
The Ministry emphasizes that Primary Care plays an essential role in the pandemic with regard to the diagnosis and follow-up of the covid patient who does not require hospital admission and the tracing of their close contacts.
What’s more, Primary Care plays a fundamental role in the vaccination process, in which it is mainly the Nursing of the Primary managements that carries out this activity, both in the health centers and in the established mass vaccination points.
Given the increase in the incidence of virus transmission among the population and, with it, the increase in healthcare pressure, the measures contemplated in the contingency plans on both islands are activated.
These plans state how telephone consultations preferred, so that it will be the professional who decides which may be face-to-face in order to avoid unnecessary risks associated with being physically present in healthcare centers, therefore priority will also be given to home monitoring.
This conjuncture also will force the deferral of non-essential diagnostic tests, such as spirometries, non-occlusive tests (TNO) for the detection of amblyopia in children, minor ambulatory surgery or control retinographies, and to extend treatment plans for three months, except those containing narcotics, or medications and visa products .
Similarly, administrative tasks will be reduced with the automation of non-urgent medical transport requests and the covid follow-up consultations will be reorganized, reinforcing with the sending of SMS to positive cases with clear instructions to follow.
Similarly, on both islands the capacity for taking samples has been increased to try to minimize the times for diagnosing positives.
To reduce the traffic of people in health centers, it will be encouraged that patients who need it come unaccompanied, unless due to age or clinical situation it is essential.
In the case of Pediatrics, the minor will attend accompanied by a single adult, while in the emergency services circuits will be enabled for the circulation of patients with respiratory disease at the entrance, once the triage has been carried out.
Regarding the spaces in the health centers, the waiting rooms will be adapted to ensure that non-cohabitants keep the proper safety distance when sitting down, a limited capacity will be established through staggered scheduling of appointments and waiting areas will be respected. , avoiding stay in inappropriate places, such as corridors or outside the center.
Hygiene and individual protection measures will be maintained in the centers, such as the use of masks at all times, adequate hand washing, safety distance in closed spaces and ventilation.