The Cabildo of Gran Canaria will yield before the end of the year the old University College of Las Palmas (CULP) to the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands for the expansion and restructuring of the services of the Insular Hospital. The CULP has four floors, three above ground and one underground, 30,500 square meters of land and 20,000 square meters built, and a cadastral value of 10 million euros.
This space, which has been in disuse for years, will return to the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, which gave the site that houses this facility to the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1986 and which was disused in 2019 due to the deterioration of the building’s conditions.
The process for the transfer of land from the Cabildo de Gran Canaria to the Government of the Canary Islands will be carried out before the end of the year and it already has several budget items in the 2021 budgets, with the objective that it is ready before the end of the current legislature .
According to the preliminary study, it will serve to reorganize the Hospital Complex and it is expected that it will house six operating rooms for outpatient medicine, the complete pathological anatomy service, palliative care and pain unit, admission area, total outpatient consultations, research support area, day hospital, adult emergencies, mid-stay unit with between 60 and 80 beds with a socio-sanitary profile and the pharmacy service.
The space that remains available when services and departments are transferred to this new facility will be used to improve and increase functional testing services, waiting rooms, among other projects framed in the hospital’s functional plan.
The president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, highlighted during the visit to the CULP that this University College has hosted different promotions of medicine and nursing, with “a fundamental role in the training of public health professionals in the Canary Islands” .
Strengthen the Insular-Maternal complex
In 2019, after the ULPGC report that warned of the poor condition of the building, a “reversal process” was started so that “this site would return to the Cabildo and in turn to the Health of the Canary Islands Government” to have a space that is “ fundamental for the health care of the island ”.
The Cabildo, its president said, “is committed to and forms part of an exciting project” that allows “modernizing, advancing and enhancing the hospital complex” to reach “more population and the highest health requirements” and “work for the welfare of the citizenship”.
The regional Health Minister, Blas Trujillo, has valued this transfer as “a fact of extraordinary importance for the citizens of the island and also of the other islands” because it is “a fundamental building to expand and restructure services”. With this act “a giant step is taken to expand, reorganize and improve the assistance programs” in the “only area in which the provision of these services can be expanded” within the hospital complex.
It is “a very important day”, he said, which shows the “coordination of administrations in order to resolve the current situation” with a common goal of “being fast, agile and capable in addressing the real problems of society.”
As he has assured, the assignment will be ready at the end of the year and will proceed “as soon as it is in the power of the Canary Islands Government” with the “hiring of the project” with the intention of “finishing it in this legislature”. If possible, the “immediate contracting of the actual project” will be carried out so that “as soon as the project is in, the endowment will be available and the works can begin”.