In an effort to decongest hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency, the Barcelona Fire Service has started adapting three municipal sports centres and a hotel to cover health needs and provide care for patients referred there from the city’s main hospitals.
The Barcelona Health Consortium, made up of Barcelona City Council and the Government of Catalonia, is setting up a programme to condition four municipal sports centres to provide health support and avoid the city’s main hospitals being overwhelmed by the Covid-19 health crisis. In an initial stage, the centres will be able to provide care simultaneously for 600 patients with Covid-19.
Each temporary centre will provide support for a main hospital:
- The CEM Olímpics Vall Hebron will act as an extension to the Hospital de la Vall d’Hebron.
- The CEM Marítim will act as an extension to the Hospital del Mar.
- The CEM Guinardó will act as an extension to the Hospital de Sant Pau.
- The Hotel Catalonia Plaza will act as an extension to the Hospital Clínic.
Barcelona City Council is adapting municipal resources to provide logistics and materials to enable the sports centres to offer medical care, while the Catalan health service, CatSalut, will be providing the staff and care criteria. Once the centres are up and running, the Barcelona Fire Service will be tasked with transporting patients, medical equipment and medication.
The Municipal IT Institute and the Catalan government’s Telecommunications and Information Technology Centre will guarantee connections for staff at facilities to be able to consult patients’ medical histories, as well as connections to Barcelona’s public wi-fi network so that patients can keep in touch with family and friends.
The operation, entitled Pavelló Salut, comes in addition to the various initiatives to provide extra support for the city’s medical facilities. These include Hotel Salut, with four city hotels being adapted to offer a combined total of 216 rooms for patients with minor symptoms or no symptoms, as well as autonomous patients or those who can’t self-isolate at home. Hotel rooms will also be adapted for health professionals to rest if they request them.