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Surgery Postponed Due to Lack of Facilities

Senior physician at the intensive care unit of the National Hospital, Alma Dagbjört Möller, says operations are repeatedly being postponed, putting patients at great risk, due to lack of facilities, stating the unit cannot wait for a new hospital.

Möller told Fréttabladid surgery has often been postponed because there are not enough beds available in the intensive care unit for patients when they return from the operating theatre.

Möller further stated international regulations on the minimum space for each patient are not being fulfilled. Each patient only has about 14 square meters, but is entitled to at least 25 square meters to make room for necessary equipment.

Möller said the employees of the intensive care unit are concerned about their patients and would like to provide them with the best service possible. Möller has herself sketched a simple extension to the building, which could serve as a temporary solution until a new hospital is built.

Minister of Health Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson said he is aware of the problems facing the intensive care unit and that Möller’s idea on an extension to the building is being considered.

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