The Minister of Health, Julio García Comesaña, visited the Ourense University Hospital Complex this morning, where the Xunta de Galicia has just completed the installation of PET equipment in the new Nuclear Medicine area of the Ourense hospital there is.
Second, Comesaña announced, the Galician Executive plans that from next month the tests will begin to create the new equipment, a service that will prevent patients from the province of Ourense who have to travel to Vigo to do so . types of tests. “It is a priority that patients from Ourense are able to do these tests without leaving their province,” emphasized the head of the health portfolio.
Accompanied by the manager of the health area of Ourense, Verín and Barco de Valdeorras, Félix Rubial; The councilor explained that by managing the Next Generation European funds, the Galician government decided to “commit to territorial balance and equity in access to high technology in the health of the Galician public.”
Therefore, in the field of Nuclear Medicine, PET tomographic equipment was acquired for the hospital centers of Lugo and Ourense, which will allow a more accurate diagnosis of oncological or neurology procedures.
The arrival of PET technology at Ourense Hospital required the design and construction of a new Nuclear Medicine area for this hospital center. This work has completed the PET spaces and will continue in 2024 with the place where the two gamma cameras that were also acquired by the Xunta this year and which are temporarily installed on the ground floor of the Santa María Madre building will be installed.
Therefore, the Xunta de Galicia added the European Next Generation funds that allowed the acquisition of the PET (1.5 million) and the two gamma cameras (1.4 million) with the implementation of a work amounting to 2.8 million euros . Therefore, once the work and installation of this equipment is finished, the Xunta will invest 5.7 million euros in this new Nuclear Medicine service.
30 million euros for the hospital in Ourense in 2024
During the visit, the head of Galician Health announced that the Xunta de Galicia budget project for the year 2024 has a financial allocation of almost 30 million euros for the Ourense hospital complex.
Specifically, he specified that “with these funds we will continue the work on the new hospitalization and maternal-child construction, we will finish this area of nuclear medicine, we will install a new intraoperative accelerator, and we will carry out reforms in the cardiology and interventional radiology areas, where the hemodynamics and neuroradiology equipment acquired this year will have their final location.
In this way, and together with the work on the new ICU and the repair of other equipment, in the current term the Galician Government has invested more than 80 million euros in the Ourense University Hospital Complex, an amount that affects the economy of Galician commitment. Executive for the development of infrastructure and health care services in Ourense.