Call for pain control unit at Costa Almeria La Inmaculada hospital

DEMAND: Pain specialists would like to see pain control treatment readily available to everyone CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Mojacar

PAIN specialists from across Andalucia are calling for pain control units in all the region’s hospitals, including La Inmaculada in Huercal-Overa.

This was one of the main topics covered at the Andalucia Association for Pain Control and Ongoing Care ‘Open Your Eyes to Pain’ conference held at Mojacar’s Parador hotel this weekend.

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The specialists want to see necessary pain control treatment available to everyone, doing away with the need for travel long distance to receive care.

Among those attending the event were Andalucia Service Director for Pain Control Ignacio Velazquez Rivera, the Pain Control Coordinator at Almeria’s Torrecardenas hospital Alberto Quirante Pizarro, Poniente hospital Service head Consuelo Rodriguez, HAR Guadix Pain Unit nurse Pilar Garcia, and Sebastian Perales from Pain Control at Huercal-Overa hospital.

Perales spoke about the request for a specialized pain control unit at the La Inmaculada. He reported the Junta de Andalucia has yet to respond, but said he is hopeful this will be granted soon.

He also touched on the difficulties the implementation of the unit presented. Financing is not the only problem he said. There is also the issue of finding the associated professionals and specialists.

Perales added that the hospital has had significant problems recruiting doctors and specialists for various reasons over recent years. He specifically highlighted the lack of anesthetists as one of the most pressing issues facing the province’s health department.

Mojacar Mayor Rosmari Cano gave the closing thanks at the end of the weekend of talks, thanking the specialists who had participated in the event and association President Dr Luis Miguel Torres Morera in particular.


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