MAIN VILLAGE The Spaarne Gasthuis is struggling with the consequences of the second wave of the corona pandemic. There are many more employees who are now infected with the virus than during the first wave. This makes it difficult for the hospital to get regular care back on track. This is what chairman of the board Ivo van Schaik says in the radio program of Haarlem105.
The sick employees have become infected at home or in hospital. “Unfortunately that also happens. As a result, the capacity has been dented. This makes it difficult to get regular care back on track. Things are improving with this care, we are doing more than two weeks ago, but we are far from where we need to be. The remaining employees work their way around three turns to get it all done ”, explains van Schaik.
In addition, there are still too many people with corona in the hospital and the figures hardly go down. “It’s not what we hoped for when that decline started to set in. There is hardly any difference in the number of patients in the ICU, compared to a few weeks ago. Our patience is terribly tested. ”
The situation in the hospital is quite similar to the national picture, says Van Schaik. “It is very slow, also nationally. In fact, the trend is down, but our patience is terribly tested. ” Van Schaik thinks that as it now looks like there will probably be no relaxation at Christmas. “That would be a shame.”
Van Schaik also emphasizes once again how important he thinks it is that people adhere to the corona measures: “This way we can try to contain that virus.”
The chairman of the board also wants more clarity about the effect and safety of the corona vaccines soon. “I understand that many people want to hear that they are safe. I hope that, if they are safe, everyone who will embrace vaccines, because they will of course help. ”