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Refugees can seek the help of GPs in the new clinics

Denmark’s capital region to open medical clinics for Ukrainian refugees

Denmark’s capital region to open medical clinics for Ukrainian refugees

Staff will speak in English and seek the assistance of interpreters whenever necessary

In recent weeks, more and more Ukrainians have found refuge in Denmark as they flee the war in their home country. This, in turn, has put tremendous pressure on Danish municipalities as they struggle to provide everyone with the healthcare they need. To make matters more challenging, the government reportedly expects to see an even heavier influx of refugees over the coming months.

For this reason, the Capital Region of Denmark has partnered up with the General Practitioners’ Organisation (PLO) to establish four advanced medical clinics that will focus solely on treating Ukrainian refugees. Regional Council Chairperson Lars Gaardhøj commented on this, explaining:

“The pressure to offer treatment is increasing, and we want to help Ukrainians with less serious illnesses. The general practitioners have so far managed the task voluntarily, but with the expected thousands of refugees, we need to prepare with a more robust solution.”

Until last week, Ukrainian refugees did not have access to most healthcare services, as they could only receive emergency medical care. On 13 April, the Ministry of Health issued a new order, making it possible for those who have fled Ukraine to be treated by a GP while their application is being processed.

Helping people receive the treatment they need

The four clinics will be staffed with general practitioners, doctors from Bispebjerg Hospital, and nurses from the Capital Region of Denmark's vaccine organisation. There, refugees can benefit from various healthcare services, such as the renewal of prescription drugs for chronic illnesses, wound care, and treatment of pregnant women. Moreover, medical staff can also administer vaccines, including the COVID jab.

One of the clinics reportedly opened last week as part of a pilot test in Nørrebro, while the remaining three medical centres will begin operating during this week. Discussing the pilot of the first facility, Deputy Director of the Capital Region of Denmark's Emergency Preparedness Helene Bliddal Døssing shared:

“We are happy to be able to help the Ukrainian refugees who need medical help in an acute and difficult situation. When we started the concept on Tuesday before Easter, seven Ukrainian women and children arrived. The consultations themselves went well and quickly, and an interpreter was needed.”

The clinics will offer services in the English language and seek the help of interpreters whenever necessary to ensure that refugees can easily receive the assistance they require.

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