Average waiting times for urgent patients vary between 02 and 09 hours in Lisbon hospitals

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Average waiting times for urgent patients at hospitals in the Lisbon region varied at 22:00 today between more than 09 hours at Fernando Fonseca (Amadora-Sintra) and 01:58 at Garcia de Orta in Almada.

According to data from the National Health Service Portal, consulted by the Lusa agency, 84 patients with a yellow (urgent) bracelet were in the general emergency service of the Fernando Fonseca hospital (Amadora-Sintra) at 10pm today, with an average waiting time of 9 hours and 42 minutes, when the recommended time is 60 minutes.

In this unit, three people with orange wristbands (recommended time of 10 minutes) were waiting for 2 hours and 55 minutes.

At Santa Maria Hospital, the average waiting time was 5 hours and 16 minutes, with 37 people wearing yellow wristbands in the central emergency department at that time, while in the general emergency department at Beatriz Ângelo Hospital in Loures, 72 people were waiting with yellow wristbands, with a waiting time of 3 hours and 59 minutes.

At the São Francisco Xavier, São José and Garcia de Orta hospitals in Almada, the waiting times are 04 hours and 10 minutes (06 people), 02 hours and 51 minutes (07) and 01 hours and 58 minutes (58), respectively.

At the D. Estefânia pediatric hospital, the waiting time is 1 hour and 28 minutes for urgent patients, with 12 people waiting in the emergency department, while four (with a waiting time of 17 minutes) were wearing orange wristbands.

In the pediatric emergency room at Fernando Fonseca, the waiting time was 01 hour and 26 minutes (01 person).

In the Oporto region, at Hospital S. João, the average waiting time is 1 hour and 57 minutes for very urgent patients, with four people wearing orange wristbands, and 3 hours and 11 minutes for urgent patients, with 37 people wearing yellow wristbands. In the pediatric emergency department, the waiting time for urgent patients is 1 hour and 49 minutes (13 people).

At Santo António Hospital, the waiting time for urgent patients is 4 hours and 55 minutes, with 28 people waiting, while at Pedro Hispano, in Matosinhos, the waiting time for urgent patients is 5 hours and 48 minutes (15 people).

At the Eduardo Santos Silva Hospital in Vila Nova de Gaia, 47 people with yellow wristbands were waiting in the multipurpose emergency department, with a waiting time of 03 hours and 11 minutes, while the pediatric emergency department had six urgent patients with a waiting time of 01 hour and 36 minutes.

The Manchester triage, which makes it possible to assess the patient’s clinical risk and assign a degree of priority, includes five levels: emergent (red bracelet), very urgent (orange), urgent (yellow), not very urgent (green) and non-urgent (blue).

In the case of yellow wristbands, the first service should not take longer than 60 minutes, and in the case of green wristbands, the recommendation is that it should not take longer than 120 minutes (two hours).

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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