Weather
18 ° C
18°C
Breaking News

29 Covid cases 16 May, 6 hospitalised - 3 res, 45 home monitored, 11,922 recoveries, 57 deaths, 207 incidence rate, 71.7% vaccinated

CHPG under strain

CHPG under strain

By Stephanie Horsman - January 17, 2022

About a hundred Princess Grace Hospital staff are currently Covid positive, leaving shortages at the facility at a time when hospital admissions are on the rise.

The Princess Grace Hospital (CHPG) is experiencing the fifth wave of the pandemic just like the rest of us.

The start of the new year has seen a marked rise in people flocking to the hospital for Covid treatment, and the toll has been taken not only on the populace, but on hospital employees as well.

“Since 3rd January, we have been in a very complicated situation because there are many patients infected with Covid with relatively severe forms,” said Doctor Mathieu Liberatore, Head of Service at the CHPG, in an interview with government channel Monaco info. “But there are also all the other pathologies to be taken care of: non-Covid diseases, in particular cancerous, infectious, or even inflammatory diseases that must absolutely be treated.”

Meanwhile, the hospital is having to cope with around 100 Covid-positive staff on leave, of a total work force of 2,700.

“Like the rest of the population, CHPG staff are also very affected by this fifth wave,” said Doctor Liberatore.

While essential treatments are still being maintained, the doctor says much of the non-essential health care has been postponed, adding, “In all departments, beds are freed up to accommodate Covid patients.”

And the toll on staff, says the doctor, is obvious, with high stress levels and exhaustion on the rise.

“There are days when colleagues find it difficult to cope,” said Doctor Liberatore. “There is physical and psychological fatigue. Colleagues who are on leave must be replaced. It is the other operational agents who replace them, sometimes at short notice. The situation is therefore complicated. We’re hunkering down hoping it will pass quickly, but we know we’re facing another month in this somewhat complicated situation.”

The Prince’s government last week urged people with mild Covid not to go to the emergency room, but to call their GP for guidance. People who have trouble breathing should call 18 or 112.

Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms, which includes fever, fatigue, headache, cough, sore throat, body aches and loss of smell, should contact the Covid call centre on +377 92 05 55 00, which is open seven days a week between 8am and 8pm.

 

 

 

shares
SHARE
Sign up to our newsletter
Loading
Previous articleNew A8 rest stop to have views and terraces
Next articleMonaco youth take part in solidarity festival

daily

Cassandra Tanti

Multi-Michelin starred Chef Yannick Alléno will create an association for the victims of repeat offenders following the recent death of his son in a tragic road accident in Paris.

0
May 13, 2022 | Lifestyle & Wellbeing

No more masks indoors

Cassandra Tanti

Masks are no longer mandatory inside public venues in Monaco for both staff and customers, the government has announced. However the rule has not been dropped in all circumstances.

0
May 12, 2022 | Lifestyle & Wellbeing

France drops face mask rule for transport from Monday

Cassandra Tanti

Face masks will no longer be required on public transport, including trains and planes, from Monday 16th May, the French health ministry has announced.

0
May 11, 2022 | Lifestyle & Wellbeing

New PAM parking spaces explained

Stephanie Horsman

Monaco has introduced designated parking for drivers who are delivering products ordered online, making life easier for all road users and facilitating the digital transition of the Principality.

0