The Malta Independent 15 October 2021, Friday

Budget 2022: Health - Additional facilities to be rented out at Mater Dei Hospital

Shona Berger Monday, 11 October 2021, 21:20 Last update: about 4 days ago

• Investment to be allotted to emergency department infrastructure • Collaboration with Hospice Malta to provide palliative care

Additional facilities will be rented out at Mater Dei Hospital to address the growing demand for acute and elective services in the most efficient and effective way.

Despite the challenges Malta faced during the global pandemic, the government remained visibly committed to safeguarding the health and safety of the entire Maltese and Gozitan people, through the timely procurement of vaccines against Covid-19.

The government will continue monitoring the situation as it develops and take action according to the advice published by the health authorities.

In 2022, the project of the new outpatients building within the Mater Dei Hospital complex as well as the work in various health centres will remain a priority for the government.

An investment will be allotted in the extension of the project to build a new blood bank, together with a specialised centre for blood collection, processing and storage of tissues and stem cells.

The government will also invest in the infrastructure of the emergency department, the medical imaging department as well as in a third cardiac catherisation suite.

An investment will also be allotted in MR Linac (radiation therapy). Equipment will offer advanced care in this kind of treatment as well as for shorter term care, for certain types of cancer.

 

Mental Health

The government will continue working and closely following the project which aims to build the new Acute Psychiatric Care Hospital. This will be located close to Mater Dei Hospital.

A facility to serve as an acute psychiatric hospital will be rented until the new hospital is completed.

In line with the Mental Health Strategy, the government is committed to bringing mental health care services closer to the client. This will be done by increasing the capacity of the services offered by Mount Carmel Hospital which is expected to translate into a number of initiatives that support assisted living in the community.

Meanwhile, the modernisation of the wards within Mount Carmel Hospital will continue.

A pilot project that was introduced to monitor regular and continuous sugar levels in children under the age of 16 with Type 1 diabetes, will continue to be sustained and gradually extended to young people aged 17 to 21 suffering from the same condition.

Adults who are deaf will see an improvement in their quality of life as they will continue receiving two hearing aids when clinically needed.

The government will continue to collaborate with Hospice Malta in order to start providing a palliative care service from the San Mikiel Centre to patients who are suffering from terminal cancer.

 

 

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