Turkey, new city hospital in Konya

Erdoğan opens a new large hospital in Konya, Turkey

It is the 16th large hospital complex of its kind built in Turkey to increase the number of beds and doctors in big cities.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan formally inaugurated the new Konya City Hospital on Friday, the 16th large hospital complex of this type built in Turkey with the aim of increasing the number of beds and doctors available in the country’s large cities, in this case opens coinciding with efforts to combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The new large hospital has 1,250 beds – 256 of them in intensive care – 380 clinics and 49 operating rooms, and is actually made up of several smaller hospitals, each one specialised in different branches of medicine. Located in the heart of Konya, this large hospital complex measures 421,566 square meters and has its own trigeneration system (similar to cogeneration) that guarantees its own energy supply.

The new Konya City Hospital began partially operating on August 5 with 838 beds, and since then it has treated thousands of patients and performed about 6,000 surgeries. Its opening, during which it has become the main hospital in the region for the treatment of diseases and pathologies other than COVID-19, has relieved hospital pressure on other hospitals in the province.

“The Hospital Cities are the tip of our healthcare system, and the new Konya hospital is one of the largest,” Erdoğan said during the opening ceremony. For his part, the Turkish Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca, highlighted how investments in health and the creation of a strong health infrastructure have contributed to lower the effects of the pandemic and hospital pressure in Turkey compared with other countries.

Erdoğan’s new large hospital in Konya is part of the Turkish government’s strategy to meet the demand for medical services in large cities in Turkey; Located mainly on the periphery, these hospitals operate under a mixed public and private management model, whereby the State leases the hospital center to a private company but pays the salaries of the workers and the costs of security, operation and maintenance.