"The Corona Check" app developed by Amsterdam hospital OLVG is available to everyone in the Netherlands from Tuesday. Users can upload what symptoms they have on the app, which will then estimate how likely they are to have Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus.
The government wants to track and curb the spread of coronavirus Covid-19 using special apps to trace who was in contact with a confirmed patient. Parliamentarians from coalition party D66 and opposition party PvdA worry about what this will mean for citizens' privacy.
The OLVG location in Amsterdam West is building a large "Corona Care Unit" where patients who think they have the virus can have a CT scan done to check. "These are people who have been referred by a GP or specialist," a spokesperson for the hospital said to Amsterdam broadcaster AT5. "Thanks to the CT scan, we can immediately distinguish."
In various places in the Netherlands, local residents have stopped to show their support and thanks for the people working in healthcare amidst the Covid-19 crisis.
In Amsterdam, a banner was hung in view of the OLVG, saying 'thank you' to healthcare workers.
An employee of the OLVG hospital in Amsterdam is likely infected with coronavirus Covid-19. After returning from a visit to northern Italy on February 23rd, the employee spent four days working in the departments of oral diseases, dental and facial surgery at the hospital's locations in Amsterdam Oost and -West, NOS reports.
The employee was tested for Covid-19 after they started showing minor symptoms. The first test came back positive. The results of the second, definitive test are not yet in.
People who regularly visit a hospital in the Netherlands spend enormous amounts on parking alone. Some lose more than a thousand euros a year in driving to and parking at the hospital. On average, one day of parking at a hospital in the Netherlands costs 8.93 euros. Amsterdam is most expensive - at the OLVG in Amsterdam Oost, parking costs 48 euros per day, AD reports based on its own research.
For years students with a part-time job at Amsterdam hospital OLVG had access to confidential and very personal patient files. This involved almost all patients who visited the hospital over the past 15 years, the Volkskrant reports. The hospital confirmed the leak to the newspaper.
The leak was discovered in August last year by a philosophy student who answered the phone and made appointments for the hospital's outpatient clinic. She informed the management of the hospital that she could see all of the patients' confidential medical information.
The OLVG in Amsterdam will be implementing a complete smoking ban at all its locations, both inside and outside, on July 1st next year. In this way the hospital wants to contribute to public health, because cigarettes are not only dangerous for smokers, but also for passive smokers, AT5 reports.
The number of people who end up in the emergency room after taking too much GHB increased explosively over the past years, doctors at the emergency rooms of hospitals in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Nijmegen and Haarlem, and the Dutch association for emergency medical services NVSHA said to NRC.
Emergency services in Amsterdam increasingly have to treat tourists - both foreign and Dutch - who smoked too much weed. Over the past 15 years the demand for psychiatric crisis beds among foreign tourists almost quadrupled, Het Parool reports after speaking with emergency services in the Dutch capital.
The number of medical vacancies at Dutch hospitals doubled over the past year, resulting in longer waiting lists for surgeries, broadcaster NOS reports based on its own research into staff shortages at hospitals in the Netherlands.
The OLVG hospital in Amsterdam recently implanted a 3D printed titanium plate on the hip of a 13-year-old girl, to correct a fault in her hip. The girl is the first person in the Netherlands whose walking will improve due to a 3D printed implant, the hospital announced on its site.
Orthopedic surgeon Melinda Witbreuk was the one to perform the surgery. In preparation for the surgery, a 3D printed model of the girl's hip was made so that a titanium plate could be printed that fits exactly.
Network problems continue to plague Dutch telecom Ziggo, as thousands of people took to social media Monday afternoon to complain about a loss of landline telephone service from the provider. Hospitals were among those most harshly hit by the outage, including the AMC, AVL and Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis medical centers in Amsterdam, and the Alrijne and LUMC hospitals in Leiden.
Oma Toni, a well-known 96-year-old Amsterdammer stabbed last week, is still in critical condition, her granddaughter said Monday. The elderly fixture is on a ventilator, and recovering from a two-hour long surgery to repair seven gashes to her intestines.