The Canary Islands Ministry of Health reports this week that the expansion of the Fuerteventura Hospital should be completed by the end of 2019 or in early 2020, and this will include a new radiotherapy centre.
When complete this expanded space will cover over 5000 square metres with a three-storey building, ground floor building and an annex area with a conference room. This project will improve the current palliative care centres, a part stay unit for psychiatric patients and specialised medical and surgical units, so that the hospital will be able to increase the number of beds available to patients by another 75, as well as improved oncology facilities.
The radiotherapy unit was a demand by local residents with the slogan ‘For Dignified Health Care in Fuerteventura Now’ that began in 2016 when the island lost its only specialist oncologist in the hospital. This new unit will have a local island staff of professional specialists to run the new radiotherapy unit.
This project will cost around 10 million euros, and the Canary Islands Ministry of Health has recognised the anxiety of Fuerteventura residents that their hospital has lacked the same facilities and qualified medical specialists that are available in hospitals on other Canary Islands. Hopefully, in two years’ time the local hospital will meet all the demands and hopes of the local residents of Fuerteventura.
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