As of Tuesday, the capital's two major hospitals will both offer their services to help reduce waiting times.
Up until now, the Centre Hospitalier and the Hôpitaux Robert Schuman alternated on a daily basis. Although not all details have yet been worked out, officials from CHL and HRS both show confidence that the change will help improve services. Throughout the week, people will now be able to decide which hospital to visit in case of emergencies.
Both the Nordspidol and the Esch-sur-Alzette hospital already offer their services 24/7. The Luxembourg City hospitals will however begin with a limited schedule in their first phase, which operates between seven o'clock in the morning and five o'clock in the afternoon. When it comes to nightshifts and weekends, both hospitals continue to alternate.
Officials are still concerned that the offer may fail to relieve pressure, given that there is no guarantee that patients will equally distribute across both institutions. Furthermore, the number of available beds in the hospitals was already considered to be too low. Staff members will now have to adapt and see what the new rhythm brings.
Officials hope to have both hospitals offer 24/7 emergency services by 2024.