Before the dismantling work began. / SUR

Malaga's 400-bed coronavirus field hospital is dismantled by the Junta

The Carranque facility will return to its normal use as a sports hall in January

ALBERTO GOMEZ

The Junta de Andalucía is dismantling the Carranque field hospital, which was created in April 2020 to add up to 400 beds to Malaga province's healthcare capacity during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The dismantling of the facility, that was built in the sports hall a year and a half ago, when there was a risk of a hospital healthcare collapse, represents a another step towards the ‘new normal’.

The hospital was set up in record time and has been available since April last year until just a few weeks ago. In the first phase, 175 beds were installed, but the capacity of the sports pavilion made it possible to increase this to 400 beds. The Junta, also envisaged, in the event that Carranque became full, to enable additional beds in the Tiempo Libre residence in Marbella and even transfer patients to hospitals in Cordoba and Almeria. Ultimately none of that was necessary.

Spread over 1,500 square metres, the complex will regain its competitive activity in January, according to SUR sources.

The beds had already been removed and on Monday the partition screens that separated the beds, X-ray and ultrasound areas were dismantled.

The partioning screens are removed by workers. this Monday. / SALVADOR SALAS

Healthcare pressure

The healthcare situation now is very different from the peak of the pandemic. On Monday the Junta’s Ministry of Health reported that 76 people were admitted to the province's hospitals for coronavirus, ten less than on Saturday. Of these 76 patients, 19 remain in intensive care.

Malaga hospitals now have three times fewer patients than a month ago. The protective shield of the vaccine is the main reason why, in the fifth wave, there have been fewer hospitalised patients than in previous outbreaks of the pandemic. Furthermore, the profile of these patients has changed in recent months; younger people are being admitted (those who have been vaccinated later) and, having fewer chronic diseases, with less serious conditions.