The emergency departments of the hospitals in North Holland and Flevoland asked ambulances in 2018 5,600 times to pass through the hospital because of the crowds. This is about twice as much as in 2015, reports the NRC.
One stop means that ambulances save an emergency department as much as possible, usually two hours.
Only patients who are in danger of life – for example, due to a hemorrhagic stroke or heart attack – never receive emergency treatment.
Most stops take place in Amsterdam
Most stops occur in Amsterdam. At 20 percent of the time – good for six days a month together – there is a stop at one of the city's emergency services.
The Central Netherlands region registers only stops in the emergency department: about six hundred a year.
It was agreed not to stop in Zeeland and Twente. Driving to the next hospital takes a lot of time there.
There are no national numbers on stops in acute care
There are no national numbers on the number of stops in acute treatment. Not all regional partnerships record the stops, and some do so only briefly or consistently.
Most stops are announced in the emergency department and then for the first cardiac care.
Letter of fire already sent in 2016 for measures
Michiel Gorzeman from OLVG says to NRC: "There are many factors that cause emergency care. When an infirmary is full, it mainly means that there are no more beds with a nurse.
A fire letter has already been sent to the Ministry of Health in 2016 for measures. The then minister Edith Schippers (Health, VVD) later wrote to take the problem "very seriously."