The executive director of the SNS has announced that 29 hospital units throughout the country, including the University Hospital in Faro, will receive new "heavy" medical equipment.
The investment package of €117 million, part of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), includes the purchase of six surgical robots, 18 MRIs, 25 CT scans, 13 angiographs, 8 gamma cameras and 11 linear accelerators.
The SNS said that hospital units will benefit from the program “during the year 2024, with the commitment to submit the respective applications”.
The ceremony, scheduled for 11:00, at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Porto, will be attended by the Secretary of State for Health, Ricardo Mestre, the executive director of the SNS, Fernando Araújo, the president of the Central Administration of the Health System (ACSS ), Vítor Herdeiro, and the coordinator of the Resilience dimension of the Recover Portugal Mission Structure, Conceição Carvalho.
In total there will be 81 pieces of equipment that will replace 75 devices “that were obsolete”, said the executive director.
The institutions benefitting includes the following SNS hospital units: Centro Hospitalar de Leiria, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Oeste, Centro Hospitalar de Setúbal, Centro Hospitalar de Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Centro Hospitalar de Vila Nova de Gaia /Espinho, Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga, Centro Hospitalar do Barreiro e Montijo, Centro Hospitalar do Médio Ave, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra, Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Norte, Centro Santo António University Hospital, São João University Hospital Center, Algarve University Hospital Center, Senhora da Oliveira Hospital - Guimarães, Braga Hospital, Loures Hospital, Santarém District Hospital, Espírito Santo Hospital - Évora, Garcia de Orta Hospital and Hospital Professor Doutor Fernando Fonseca.
The oncology institutes of Coimbra, Porto and Lisbon are also beneficiaries, as well as the local health units of Matosinhos, Alto Minho, Litoral Alentejano and Norte Alentejano.
In the information sent to newsrooms, the SNS highlights that “the introduction of technological innovation in the SNS, embodied in the acquisition of new state-of-the-art heavy medical equipment, and surgical robotization, will enhance the attractiveness and retention of healthcare professionals”.