Cho Ray urged to decongest by sending patients to local hospitals

As a central hospital, Cho Ray Hospital needs to boost co-operation with provincial- and district-level hospitals to reduce its constant overcrowding, Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the Ministry of Health’s Department of Medical Examination and Treatment, said.

Patients register at Chợ Rẫy Hospital in HCM City. — Photo

Patients register at Chợ Rẫy Hospital in HCM City. — Photo

The co-operation is part of a 2013–20 Government project to reduce overcrowding in oncology, surgery/trauma, cardiology, obstetrics and pediatric hospitals and wards, he said.

It also helps improve the quality of treatment at district and provincial hospitals, he told a conference in HCM City on Friday.

Cho Ray Hospital has tied up with 12 public and private hospitals including Xuyen A hospital, 7A Hospital, International Neurosurgery Hospital, Tan Son Nhat Hospital, City International Hospital, Duc Khang Hospital, April 30 Hospital, and Orthopedics & Rehabilitation Hospital.

Around 12,000 patients are transferred to them from Cho Ray every year, Phạm Thanh Việt, head of its general planning department, said.

As part of efforts to reduce overcrowding, the hospital has also set up a network of 20 satellite hospitals in the southern region under a ministry programme that began in 2013 and transferred various skills to them.

Cho Ray provides health check-up and treatment for an average of 10,000 inpatients and outpatients every day, Việt said.


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