Sunday, August 14

From La Fe to Ernest Lluch: the former Francoist health city of Valencia is converted into a state-of-the-art public health complex

The health space that replaces the old La Fe hospital in Valencia is taking shape. The Ministry of Universal Health and Public Health will put out to tender in the coming weeks the demolition of the buildings that make up the old hospital complex, which will become a specialty health center with multidisciplinary care, on which it was the reference hospital since the late Francoism.

The Ministry of Health considers the work to remove asbestos from the central pavilion and the rehabilitation building to be complete and will order the demolition of all the buildings except for the nursing school, which is further away, to develop the Ernest Lluch health complex. In addition, sources from the department directed by Miguel Mínguez indicate, this building can serve for hypothetical peaks of attention as a result of the pandemic, so its demolition will take place later.

The Campanar-Ernest Lluch health complex began to be projected with the then Minister Carmen Montón, and baptized with the name of Lluch, who was the minister who made health care universal in Spain, as a multidisciplinary center that would replace the Francoist hospital model. The Ciudad Sanitaria La Fe de Valencia was built in 1968 in what was then the outskirts of the city, between an industrial estate and the Mestalla irrigation channel, after expropriating a dozen homes. Inaugurated in 1969, it consisted of a general residence (the central pavilion), the car park, the Emergency Service, warehouses adapted for radioactive isotopes, the School of Nurses and Midwives, the Maternity, the Children’s Hospital, the general warehouses, the Research and Research Center. The name, according to the archive of the Generalitat, sought to be a short and easy to remember formula, imitating the La Paz Hospital. At its opening it had 17,270 hospitalized.

The macro-complex was active in Campanar until the last decade, when it was moved to the Malilla neighbourhood, becoming a benchmark hospital in Spain. On the foundations of the old center, Health is building a new building for Public Health and another for the Inspection of Sanitary Services in phases. Subsequently, the forecast is to execute, in this order, the chronic hospital with 150 beds, the comprehensive rehabilitation center with capacity to serve a population of 350,000 patients and the four mental health day hospitals and the patient meeting center.

The new space will provide emergency services for the neighborhoods of Campanar, Tendetes and Calvari, and several centers that combine rapid surgical care with spaces for rehabilitation, chronicity or mental health, in line with the priorities set by the National System of health.

The initial plan of the Government of the Botanical Garden was to take advantage of the buildings and subject them to comprehensive rehabilitation, but after a report commissioned from the College of Architects, it was concluded that the most convenient thing to do was to demolish most of the buildings, except for the IT and dosimetry buildings, due to the high cost of rehabilitation and maintenance, higher than that of new construction.

The Campanar II health center will have an area of ​​5,602 square meters and will serve a population of 31,000 inhabitants of the Valencia-La Fe health department. It will be equipped with 34 family medicine consultations, 6 pediatric consultations, a preventive dentistry unit, a room for extractions, treatments and cures. On the other hand, the specialty center will be the first to integrate radiology, CT, MRI and Major Ambulatory Surgery services in the same space with four operating rooms. This center will have an area of ​​9,957 square meters and will serve a population of 250,000 inhabitants.

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