TEN patients from Sineu were the first to be seen at the outpatients department at the new Inca hospital, the first part to be opened.
Five patients were seen in the neurology department, four in the pneumology department and one in the internal medicine department.
The new hospital has a staff of 116 at the moment and is expected to be officially inaugurated during the month of February.
According to the Balearic Ministry for Health, the rest of the services offered by the hospital, such as emergencies, will be progressively brought into operation, so that by 2008 the hospital will be 100 percent operative. For the moment, the out patients departments for Endocrinology, Pneumology, Neurology and Internal Medicine will serve the inhabitants of the Sineu area (which includes Sineu, Costitx, Lloret, Llubi and Maria de la Salut). In total there are 8'459 prospective patients in this area.
The rest of the areas, seven in all, will progressively open according to a timetable which the hospital management and the Majorca Primary Health Care Service will finalise during the next few days. Once all the health centres in the Inca area are included, the hospital, which expects to have some 700 staff by 2008, will serve a total of 128'000 inhabitants.
The centre will have 140 beds when it is fully operative, for five areas, one of them psychiatric, with 15 single beds, while the rest will have 8 single beds each, and the rest will have two beds.
Inca hospital will serve some 16 percent of the population of Majorca and its final cost was 68.5 million euros, of which 45 million was for the building costs (which have now been finalised), 13.6 million for equipment, and 9.9 million euros for computer systems.
The centre has a constructed area of 25'729 square metres, distributed between an underground floor, a ground floor and a first floor, with three access routes so that people who are going for out patients appointments do not need to pass through the hospital itself.
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