There is an acute shortage of beds in the health care system in Stockholm. The staff is concerned.
– It is completely full in all of Stockholm, and we know that there will be more patients until next weekend, says emergency doctor at Södersjukhuset Lina Stålhane to P4 Stockholm.
The health service in Sweden’s capital has been unusually heavily burdened through the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Already now, all 24-hour places in the region are occupied, according to Stålhane.
– It is full in all emergency hospitals, all intensive care units and all geriatric wards, she says. It writes NTB.
Employees with infection at home are allowed to work
At the University Hospital in Uppsala, three employees have been allowed to work, even though they live with people who have covid-19. The hospital makes an exception from the quarantine rules because there are so many employees who are ill, TV4 Nyheterna reports.
The persons must have been triple-vaccinated or double-vaccinated and have had covid-19. In addition, they must test themselves and be symptom-free before work.
Several regions have already departed from the quarantine rules for health personnel, or are open to doing so in the future, according to TV4 Nyheterna.
Chief physician Johan Styrud at Danderyd Hospital says the pressure is due to three factors:
– One thing is the normal emergencies. In addition, there are coronary heart disease patients and the common flu, which is rising very fast right now, he says to Expressen.
– It is very, very cramped, he says.
The authorities: – There is room
The local health authorities in Stockholm, on the other hand, say that there is room for people who need hospital care.
– No one needs to hesitate to go to the hospital if they need it, says chief physician Patrik Söderberg in the Stockholm Region to the news agency TT. He says the situation is strained and that the hospitals have small margins.
On December 29, more than 10,000 new cases of infection were registered in Sweden, according to Worldometer. Dthere has been a marked increase in the last seven days.
Since Wednesday, 13 deaths have been reported with covid-19, according to the Public Health Authority. A total of 15,310 people have died from coronary heart disease in Sweden.
New figures are expected on Tuesday 4 January, according to SVT.