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Beds for Road Accident Victims
January 21, 2009   
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"Demographically speaking, we are getting older," says Prof. Pawe³ Górski, head of the Medical University of £ód¼. "The £ód¼ region has the oldest population in Poland [in terms of average age]. This trend is set to continue and we have to be prepared for it."

If £ód¼'s residents are getting on in years, then so are the city's hospitals, most of which are more than a hundred years old. That is why completing the huge Clinical-Educational Center (CKD), whose construction has been dragging on for 32 years, is so vital. "We are committed to providing 1,500 beds, 367 of them by Jan. 1, 2010," says Górski, adding that the facility will be one of the most modern of its kind in Europe once a few minor innovations have been incorporated, despite being so long in the making. It will also be located close to the center of the city, have good transport connections to the rest of the province, and be equipped with a helicopter landing pad. The freeways now being built around the city can be expected to bring a rise in the number of road accident victims. "Ultimately, we would like to house the trauma center for the entire region in the new facility. For now we're transferring several hospitals' orthopedic and rescue wards to the CKD," says Górski. There will also be gynecological and obstetric wards together with a few university clinics that currently operate in various hospitals among the rooms scheduled to open in the new hospital in a year's time.

It is not yet known when the 18-level project will be finished. Construction commenced in 1976. The eastern wing and nine levels of the central building are due for completion by January 2010. There will be 31 clinics and five operating theaters there. The entire project is expected to cost zl.500 million, but Górski says he is confident that it will be well worth it.

The hospital on Hallera Square is another project the Medical University of £ód¼ has going. This will soon be used to train mid-level medical staff working with the military on a greater scale. "We're drawing up a major proposal for NATO," says Górski.

There are many more interesting ideas buzzing around the Medical University of £ód¼. The university authorities are planning to set up a History of Medicine Museum as well as an experimental laboratory similar to the one in Dresden, Germany. Work on the project has already begun.

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