Since Monday, two clinics for patients without a selected doctor have been operating in the Šiška unit of the Ljubljana Medical Center. Patients are generally satisfied, those who have been without a personal doctor for a long time also come with more serious health problems.
On Monday, approximately 50 patients identified themselves in the clinics, today they expect around 70, he said in a statement to the media Andrej Divjakhead of the Šiška ZD Ljubljana unit.
“We have really strengthened the teams, so the work is going fairly smoothly,” explained Divjak. According to him, the patients are generally satisfied, as many have been without their chosen doctor for a long time and evaluate the solution as positive.
Patients are asked to primarily contact the outpatient clinic if they have lost their family doctor in the Šiška unit and therefore have all their medical documentation in this unit. Otherwise, they will not reject any patient, he emphasized.
In ZD Ljubljana, when opening clinics for the undiagnosed, they always emphasize that the identification of patients will take place simultaneously with their treatment for health problems. Divjak explained that the majority of patients in the Šiška unit followed the instructions on Monday.
“It is really not necessary to walk only for the purpose of defining, none of the patients will be left without medical services,” he emphasized and reminded that the administrative clinic has been operating in the Šiška unit for a year and is still functioning, so no patient will be left without medical care.
According to Divjak, patients come to the clinic with usual health problems for the current period of increased circulation of respiratory diseases. However, some patients also came with more serious problems. “Maybe it is already known that they have been without a chosen personal physician for a long time. So this problem is serious,” he warned.
The first outpatient clinic for the undefined will operate in ZD Šiška on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, namely from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The second one will operate in the same time slot on Mondays and Wednesdays. Patients can make an appointment for an examination by calling 01 5815 376 during office hours.
The employees who will work in the clinics for the undocumented in the Šiška unit mostly come from this unit. Two female doctors come from the Šentvid unit, and one from the Bežigrad unit.
At the same time, Divjak reminded that questions were addressed to the Ministry of Health at the beginning of January as to why even younger specialist doctors and family medicine specialists from other regions cannot work in clinics for the undefined:In Šiška, and in general in ZD Ljubljana, we estimate that if these doctors were included, the number of clinics and consequently the number of people who could be treated could be significantly increased.“
Minister of Health Danijel Bešič Loredan announced on January 6 that retired doctors and third- and fourth-year medical specialists will also be able to work in outpatient clinics for patients without a selected family doctor. STA addressed questions to the ministry as to why this has not happened yet, and is still waiting for answers.
The first two outpatient clinics for unspecified patients started operating in the Rudnik ZD Ljubljana unit last week. ZD Ljubljana explained today that next Monday the first clinics for unspecified doors will also be opened in the Polje and Bežigrad units, and in February the first such clinic will also be opened in the Vič unit. In the Center and Šentvid units, such clinics are not planned for now.