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“Right now, we have about 200 patients circulating in the emergency room and of these, about two thirds are yellow and orange patients. [urgente e muito urgente]”, explained a source from the hospital, justifying the wait with the differentiated treatment that these patients need.

Urgent patients have to wait this Tuesday for an average of 14 hours to be seen at the emergency department of Hospital Santa Maria, in Lisbon, according to data from the National Service Portal of the SNS.

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According to the data, 32 patients with a yellow bracelet (urgent) were at 12:00 today at the central emergency department of Hospital Santa Maria, with an average waiting time of 14 hours and 13 minutes, with the recommended time being 60 minutes. . Contacted by the Lusa agency, an official source from the Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte (CHULN), which integrates the Santa Maria and Pulido Valente hospitals, explained that the profile of users arriving at the emergency room points to “a picture of more complex patients”, many of them from other areas of the Lisbon region and with decompensation of underlying diseases.

“Right now, we have about 200 patients circulating in the emergency room and of these, about two thirds are yellow and orange patients. [urgente e muito urgente]”, clarified.

According to the same source, “the complexity” of these patients implies more differentiated diagnoses, multiple exams, often with the need to look for clinical information because they are from other areas of influence.

“This context creates great pressure on emergency services and hospitalizations”, he stressed.

The hospital appeals to people with less serious situations to address responses in Primary Health Care.

At Hospital Beatriz Ângelo, in Loures, there are 39 people with a yellow wristband in the emergency department, with an average waiting time of five hours and 24 minutes.

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