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In Estonian hospitals, there are enough beds for the treatment of coronavirus patients.

163 beds are available in infectious disease wards in negative pressure rooms. A negative pressure room has a special ventilation system where the transport of pathogens from the room by air is prevented. These rooms are available in five hospitals: West-Tallinn Central Hospital Infectious Diseases Clinic (100), Pärnu Hospital (20), Narva Hospital (20), Ida-Viru Central Hospital (12) and Tartu University Clinic (11).

There are total of 191 intensive care beds In Estonia, if necessary, it is possible to increase their number to 500. Total number of beds in hospitals is 5,300. If necessary, additional active and intensive care beds can be established when using the capacity of the Estonian Defence Forces field hospital (20 intensive care beds, and 40 general beds).

There are about 300 ventilators available in hospitals. Estonia also participates in the joint procurement of the European Union, where it is possible to purchase both personal protective equipment and ventilators, if need arises.

Last updated: 24.04.2020 14:15

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On April 21, the Health Board authorised the gradual restoration of scheduled health care treatments as COVID-19 is showing a downward trend in Estonia and the need for continued scheduled treatment is high.

However, it is important to take into the account that the restoration of scheduled treatments will take place gradually, and the safety of patients and health care professionals is a priority - it is the responsibility of each health care institution. The appropriate instructions for hospitals and other health care institutions to resume planned treatments are available here.

The planned treatment was suspended in private health care institutions by the decision of the Health Board on 26 March. The purpose of this decision was to limit infectious contacts in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to ensure the most efficient use of personal protective equipment. It was also necessary to be prepared for a case where the help of the private health care professionals and the premises of private clinics would have been needed for coronavirus treatment. This was an emergency decision during the situation of crisis.

Last updated: 23.04.2020 08:59

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All health care workers who are providing assistance due to the increased need will be remunerated on an equal basis. Remuneration will be agreed as appropriate, based on an hospital contract, a general medical care contract, or other.

Last updated: 07.04.2020 14:18

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These private healthcare facilities that have a contract with the Estonian Health Insurance Fund need to turn to the Estonian Health Insurance Fund and solve the financing issue in co-operation. The rest can use other measures being worked out by the state.

Last updated: 07.04.2020 14:22

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The state does not provide for any specific compensation in these circumstances. Medical professionals work according to the Employment Contracts Act and earn benefits according to their work contract, so it depends on agreements between employer and employee.

Last updated: 30.03.2020 18:30

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As of July 1, hospitals and care institutions make their own decisions regarding visitations.

As of June 1, the people staying in general and special care homes are allowed to leave the territory of the care home, provided that they use personal protective equipment, if necessary.

Last updated: 13.07.2020 09:00

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