SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Nov. 22 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The president of the Canarian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (Socangrer), Javier Alonso, warned this Wednesday that health care for older people is “unequal” in the archipelago.
“Not all seniors in the Canary Islands have the same opportunities to recover their functionality after a hospital admission or suffer acute pathologies such as stroke, hip fracture or the presence of other geriatric syndromes in the islands’ hospitals,” he points out in a note. on the occasion of the Regional Congress that is being held this Thursday and Friday on the island of Lanzarote.
The Society highlights that the “irregular” development of specialized care for the elderly in the archipelago is behind the lack of geriatricians and nurses specialized in geriatrics.
Thus, it indicates that the geographical dispersion of the islands has always been a “health challenge”, especially in the smaller islands, and this difference takes on special relevance when talking about specialized geriatric care.
In the opinion of Dr. Alonso, “Lanzarote is not only an idyllic island in terms of tourism and quality of life, it is also an idyllic island in terms of specialized care for its elderly, with a population over 65 years of age of around 20,000 inhabitants. “This island has the only fully developed Geriatrics Service in the Canary Islands, which is made up of 18 geriatricians distributed in the two regional hospitals.”
He explained that there are 10 geriatricians who cover the needs of acute care and functional rehabilitation in the geriatrics service of the Hospital Insular de Lanzarote, another three who are responsible for transferring specialized care to the homes of patients with greater medical complexity and with mobility difficulties and travel to the hospital for consultations, two to coordinate medical assistance and support the care of older adults with hip fractures in the Orthogeriatrics Unit of the José Molina Orosa Hospital, one more who is responsible for providing support as interconsultant for the rest of the hospital services in the Geriatric Assessment Unit at the Doctor José Molina Orosa University Hospital and three who care for highly complex chronic patients with palliative care requirements.
All these personal resources are accompanied by different levels of specialized health care that are mostly located in the Hospital Insular de Lanzarote, which has an acute care unit, a functional recovery unit, a long-stay unit, outpatient clinics, and a day hospital. geriatrics and the Geriatric Home Care Unit.
GRAN CANARIA AND TENERIFE ARE FAR BEHIND
In addition, it has the only teaching unit that trains specialist doctors in Geriatrics on the islands and currently trains two MIR geriatric specialists and two EIR specialists.
The rest of the islands “unfortunately do not have Geriatric services,” the Society highlights.
In Gran Canaria and Tenerife they have a substantially higher population of people over 65 years of age, more than 150,000 for each island and with this rate of training of specialists in Geriatrics and Gerontology, the capital islands will take more than 20 years to have a similar service. to what Lanzarote has offered for years.
“The Canarian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology has been requesting the administration to create a Transversal Development Plan for Geriatrics throughout the Canary Islands, with the aim of alleviating this variability and bringing equitable and specialized care to every corner of the archipelago,” says Dr. Alonso.