Construction of the Largest State-of-the-Art Surgical Block Contracted

On Thursday, September 12 the Riga Eastern University Teaching Hospital and construction company RE&RE entered an agreement on reconstruction of the Surgery Building of the Hospital Gaiļezers. The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and it includes establishment of 22 state-of-the-art, multi-purpose, high-duty surgery rooms providing possibility to perform over 25 thousand planned and emergency surgical operations a year.

Prof. Viesturs Boka, Chairman of the Riga Eastern Hospital emphasized the fact that Riga Eastern Hospital serves one in four of the hospitalised patients in Latvia, and therefore it is of utmost importance for the hospital to ensure appropriate infrastructure to continue to provide quality healthcare. The financial support of the Ministry of Health allows Riga Eastern Hospital to create the largest surgical centre in Baltic States significantly improving the infrastructure for provision of the surgical services.

Ainārs Pauniņš, Chairman of the Board of the RE&RE stressed that “the environment for the staff and the patients must agree with the exceptionally high level of proficiency of Latvian surgeons By undertaking this project we, in line with the Hippocratic Oath given by physicians, undertake for the whole time period of the project to employ our best professional skills, knowledge and aspirations to implement this reconstruction by producing as less as possible inconveniences to the rest and operating part of the building respecting both to the patients and staff of the hospital and to hand over the reconstructed premises to the users after one year already”.

The existing Surgery Block of the Hospital Gaiļezers has 16 operating theatres that for 24 hours a day and 7 days a week are used to perform surgical operations in fields of general surgery, abdominal surgery, endocrinal surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, neurosurgery, accident surgery, surgery in case of several injuries, orthopaedics, urology, gynaecology, proctology, vascular surgery and microsurgery. As the Surgery Block was last refurbished in 1979 the premises and the infrastructure is both the premises and the equipment are outdated and do not meet present-day requirements.

Reconstruction of the Surgery Block will provide Riga Eastern Hospital with possibility to centralize the provision of surgical services at the Hospital Gaiļezers, reducing the intensity of operations in other hospitals. Reconstruction project also provides for increased patient safety and comfort and improvement of working conditions of the staff.

Reconstruction will be performed using up-to-date technological solutions: operating theatres and other specific rooms will be finished using high quality materials meeting the strict hygiene requirements, special requirements are set for the energy efficiency and ventilation systems, thus ensuring the sustainability of the operation of the premises. The total area to be reconstructed is 6 900 sq.m.

During the reconstruction the surgical operations at the Hospital Gaiļezers shall no cease – the operating theatres shall be moved to other properly adapted rooms, and patients will receive both routine and emergency surgical services.

The total cost of the project co-financed by ERDF is 12.176 million Lats, consisting of ERDF financing – 8.421 million Lats and Riga Eastern Hospital (state guaranteed loan) financing – 3.755 million Lats. Project consists of reconstruction of Surgery Bock, delivery ad installation of appropriate technologies and implementation of the II Stage of the project Reconstruction of the Block 7 of Hospital Gaiļezers.