Centro Hospitalar de Entre o Douro e Vouga, EPE
In the early stages of the pandemic, healthcare authorities realized that there was insufficient support for COVID-positive patients whose clinical conditions were not severe enough to require hospitalization. Patients’ families often could not provide adequate conditions for their treatment. This is why the Centro Hospitalar de Entre o Douro e Vouga launched the CADCOZ project also known as the Patients’ Convalescence Refugee Centre.
The CADCOZ project is designed to specifically shelter patients until their full recovery. The CADCOZ project had three main objectives: first, it provided temporary and transitional health and social emergency services; second, it ensured that patients’ basic needs were met; and third, it provided basic health care, with daily clinical monitoring and care by CHEDV and ACES health professionals.
The project sheltered 26 COVID-19 positive patients living in the region of the rivers Douro and Vouga. These patients were over 65 years old and/or had some impediment that prevented them from isolating at home. The majority of these patients were dependent or had some kind of chronic disease. Through the CADCOZ project, vulnerable but mildly ill patients were cared for without burdening the public healthcare system.