Within two years, Zagreb will get a modern outpatient clinic for routine procedures that will be carried out with the latest equipment, as well as a garage with 477 parking spots which should solve parking problems near the “Sveti Duh” Hospital. The construction works on the northern side of the hospital will start in March and in two years a new medical centre for patients who do not need to stay for more than eight hours in the hospital will be completed, reports Večernji List on January 11, 2017.
The total cost of the construction project is around 200 million kuna and has been approved by city assemblymen at the last session of the Zagreb City Assembly. The tender for construction works, supervision and project management is already underway. This is one of priority projects for the City of Zagreb and Zagreb Holding public company, which are the main investors, with the aim of improving health care for citizens of Zagreb, but also for patients from other parts of the country.
Architects from the ZO-INVEST company wanted to make the building blend with the surrounding area. The works will also include the demolition of an old office building which is part of the hospital complex. “That will free a plot of land with 10,000 square metres where the new 23,000 square metre building will be built”, said Mladen Bušić, director of the “Sveti Duh” Hospital. He added that the new facilities would follow global trends in medicine, given the recommendations that hospitals should have about 20 percent of beds reserved for patients who do not need to stay overnight.
“We already have an outpatient clinic with the crowded premises of the old hospital building. Annually we have about 6,500 patients in the clinic, and with the construction of the new building we will increase this number by 50 percent, up to 9,500 patients a year”, said Bušić, adding that the new hospital will have 50 beds, while 15 beds will be keep in the old building.
The investment in the new clinic is part of the national strategy for development of medical services, and its construction will also help implement government’s demographic policies. “Within the clinic, we will have 600 square metres devoted to in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures”, said Bušić, adding that the new building would also accommodate departments for ophthalmology, orthopaedics, surgery, ENT, gynaecology, urology, internal medicine, neurology and physical medicine.
New equipment worth 50 million kuna will be financed from EU funds, and the contract is expected to be signed as early as this month. “City of Zagreb is investing in our hospital and is currently funding the construction of another building which will be home to some of our other departments”, concluded Bušić.