The initiative was put on the table at the beginning of last year by the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS), after the property had been closed since 2017, when the laboratories, several study rooms and the animal facility were moved to the new buildings of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the San José campus. These were the last dependencies that remained open in the CULP, thus putting an end to 45 years of service and history.
Outpatient Consultations, Adult Emergencies and Pathology are transferred to the CULP
And it was in 1972 when the Island Council built the University College of Las Palmas on land located at the rear of the Chuimi. Initially attached to the University of La Laguna (ULL), the first cycle of the Bachelor of Medicine would begin to be taught there a year later. Little by little, other higher studies such as the Drug Prevention Plan (from 1981 to 1984), the Diploma in Computer Science (from 1980 to 1988) and the Bachelor of Marine Sciences (from 1982 to 1989) would be added. Also, in 1982, the first teachings of Philology, Geography and History and Law began.
The CULP ended up joining the ULL in 1986, to do the same in 1989 with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). It would be precisely this entity that would manage until its closure the facilities that have large common spaces and classrooms on an inclined plane. A design copied from a similar building in Uppsala (Sweden), as they remembered from the university last year.
Now, the building will have an area of 30,500 square meters that have a cadastral value of about 10 million euros, as reported yesterday by Antonio Morales, president of the island Administration to which the space will return in “the next Governing Council.” The property has four floors, three above ground and one floor below ground, and will be connected to the Insular Hospital through aerial and underground walkways. This will allow everything to function as a single building. A fact that will allow “to expand and restructure all the assistance services that are currently provided” in the Chuimi, as pointed out by the regional Health Minister, Blas Trujillo.
The project requires an investment of approximately 20 million euros
For this, the Government of the Canary Islands has already carried out a preliminary study in which it is outlined how the Functional Plan of the hospital complex will be organized. The project contemplates that some areas such as Pathology Anatomy will be transferred to the CULP facilities, which will have a carving area, meeting room and a medical space and laboratories that will be connected to the outside for the reception of samples. The Adult Emergency Service will also move, which will include a psychiatry module; as well as the Admission and External Consultations, which will have a larger surface area with common areas and waiting rooms designed for an influx of 1,200 patients per day. The space that will be left free in the building of the hospital center will allow the area of Functional Tests to be expanded, according to Health.
The building is also planned to house six operating rooms for Major Outpatient Surgery and an area for Palliative Care and Pain Unit, which will include an area for dispensing Ambulatory Medication with nursing control and an isolated box. An Onco-Hematological Day Hospital area will also be installed, a Research Support unit, another for Medium Stay for patients with a socio-sanitary profile, preferably; and a pharmacy service.
A major initiative for which an investment of around 20 million euros is estimated, an amount that Trujillo said is already contemplated in the 2021 budgets. The first step for the consolidation of the expansion of the Insular will be given with the transfer of the facilities that, according to Morales, will be built before the end of the year. Once the procedure is effective, the Minister of Health explained that the intention is to proceed with the “immediate” hiring of the drafting of the project. “Once we have it and see everything it entails, the works would begin. Our intention is that it is finished in this legislature ”, he added.
In this regard, Trujillo commented that an important step has been taken to improve care for citizens and for the expansion of the hospital center, which will also translate into an improvement in the work areas for professionals. “This action responds to the real problems of citizens that must be solved from the public sphere,” he said.
Hence, Antonio Morales also pointed out that the Cabildo de Gran Canaria “has considered that it should commit itself to the modernization project of the hospital center.” Accompanied both by the Minister of the Presidency of the island institution, Teodoro Sosa, and the director of the Canary Health Service, Conrado Domínguez, they toured the exterior of this emblematic property and highlighted that the coordination between administrations, more necessary than ever, makes it possible to give this “leap” in healthcare.
A necessary space
Currently, the Cabildo de Gran Canaria prepares a social health plan that contemplates the provision of 1,500 more beds on the island for “those people who after being hospitalized cannot immediately access their homes or a space in the social health sector”, Antonio Morales explained. That is why the island government considered it important to include a place for this purpose in the CULP. In this case, the Medium Stay Unit will have administrative and hospitalization areas with a nursing unit, as well as a seating area for patients and families, a gym for physiotherapy and cognitive rehabilitation, and a support area for the performance of basic techniques of laboratory. | ARM