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Fulgencio Gil: "opening the San Diego Health Center in the afternoons and the works for its pediatric service will improve the attention given to all its users" (08/11/2018)

The Mayor appreciates the interest to get this demand from the Ministry of Health and anticipates that "we will continue to work seriously and loyally with our citizens to get the investments that Lorca deserves."

The Mayor of Lorca, Fulgencio Gil, together with the Regional Government Health Counselor, Manuel Villegas, supervised this morning the facilities of the Health Center located in the San Diego neighborhood, whose users will benefit from an important extension of their professionals, in addition to proceeding to start the works of the pediatric service in a matter of days.

Representatives of the citizens of the area, as well as the councilors of Health, María del Carmen Ruiz, Emergencies, Juan Miguel Bayonas, and the Manager of Area III of Health, Catalina Lorenzo, were also present.

Fulgencio Gil wanted to thank the counselor for this magnificent news for which we had been working intensively for a long time.

We must be aware that the administrative processing of an ambitious measure such as the one we are going to implement is complex, given that the needs in this area are broad and must be balanced with the budgetary possibilities.

Today, after much effort and a special attention for the subject of Lorca, we can congratulate ourselves on what we have achieved.

This achievement is also a stimulus to continue advancing in health in our municipality, in a serious, rigorous and coordinated with the Regional Government, to get everything that Lorca deserves.

The Mayor has stressed that health is a key issue for Lorca, and particularly for the area of ​​the neighborhood.

This reinforcement of 7 professionals will allow the opening of the Health Center in the morning and afternoon, contributing in a definitive way to reduce the pressure of assistance that it supports, and, what is more important for all, improving the attention to the citizens, that are going to have an infrastructure whose work is optimized.

Fulgencio Gil has indicated that, in addition, what announced today, from the City Council we are accelerating to the maximum all the necessary process to make available to the Ministry of Health the plot that both neighbors and the Consistory considers suitable for the construction of the Center of Health of San Cristóbal, an infrastructure that supposes a personal commitment of this Mayoralty, as well as the habilitation of a green zone with playground in the UA-23, in the heat of heart of the district, between the streets Eulogio Periago, Juan Mínguez and Beato Fray Pedro Soler, on a plot of 1,034 m2.

This municipal intervention is the most ambitious urban planning project that has been developed in the area, and will result in the release of a key space to improve the neighborhood both aesthetically and dotacionalmente.

The Mayor explained that it was frustrating to see that, after having enjoyed so many years of urban development, the City Council did not have its own land in the entire area of ​​the neighborhood, and had to intervene directly to alleviate such error.

What we want now is that this Health Center not only fulfills its function as a public service to the citizens, but that it is a revulsive one for the neighborhood, that is why we manage its obtaining.

Seven health professionals will join the health area of ​​San Diego from next December 10, according to the forecasts of the Murcian Health Service (SMS), announced today by counselor Manuel Villegas during his visit to this health center.

In this way, the San Diego center will have two family and community medicine consultations, two nursing and one paediatrics, in the afternoon, among which part of the quota of health cards assigned to the Primary Care center will be distributed.

In addition, a doctor and a nurse will be admitted to the clinic of La Hoya, dependent on the health center of San Diego, where the pediatrician will also pass a half-day consultation, in the morning.

The Health Minister explained that the SMS and the management of Area III of Lorca have already concluded the redistribution of health cards between the new consultations "and in a few days users will begin to receive communications with the assignment of doctor and nurse".

Villegas pointed out that San Diego's basic health area serves more than 30,000 users and that professionals have a high ratio of health cards, "which is why we have been working to improve this situation that we intend to reverse with the new additions".

During his visit, the counselor conveyed to the local representatives "the difficulties involved in such an action." In this regard, he remarked on the one hand the lack of medical professionals available for Primary Care, especially pediatrics, and that not all are willing to attend consultations in the afternoon, and another, the investment that will be for the SMS, "since the hiring of these new professionals means half a million euros a year.

Improvement works

The head of Health also announced that the contract for the start of the renovation works of the San Diego center will be signed next week "so before the end of this month they will be starting to work in the space where the center was located. Primary Care Emergency Service ", which was transferred to the Lorca-Sutullena health center.

Villegas said that with this work the neighbors will gain in health care "by providing this important center with more space and personnel."

"Our commitment is to advance in the improvement of primary care to achieve greater efficiency from this level of care close to the patient," he added.

The counselor explained that "we are immersed in a process of improving infrastructure and care tools to offer patients in Lorca the answers they need."

With this work an area of ​​pediatrics is created, concentrating all the consultations that were distributed by several floors of the building, in the space where the emergency service was located.

In total, there will be five pediatric consultations with their corresponding toilets for children and a lactation room for mothers.

The planned investment in the work is 202,659 euros, with an execution period of four months.

Improvements in Lorca-Sutullena

On the other hand, he commented that the works that are being undertaken in the Lorca-Sutullena health center will allow the adequacy of the emergency room, currently located in a municipal building.

These works import 190,280 euros.

He also stressed that within the framework of the Investment Plan in Infrastructures in Primary Care 2018-2022 is also planned the construction of a new health center, 'Lorca San Cristóbal', to support the needs of the population of this area, an infrastructure which has an expected investment of 3,800,000 million euros.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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