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Formentera's new haemodialysis service launches today

foto 2022xi dialisi BWork on new emergency response base to conclude in one year

Today Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera, and Francina Armengol, president of the Balearic Government, together with Patricia Gómez, regional minister of health and consumer affairs, visited Formentera's newly launched haemodialysis service. Alejandra Ferrer, vice president, was on hand as well, along with local cabinet councillors and Formentera's provincial councillor Antonio J. Sanz.

This new service occupies 50 square meters in the Formentera Hospital, where four dialysis stations and a new water plant have been installed. The regional government has invested roughly €600,000 in the service roll-out, with two-thirds of the sum going to purchase technical equipment and the rest covering recruitment of equipment operators.

To activate the service, the district health authority (Àrea de Salut) of Eivissa and Formentera hired an expert nephrologist, which brought the total number of nephrologist department specialists to five, then dispatched one of them to Formentera to oversee haemodialysis there. The service roll-out will mean Formentera's three current dialysis patients need no longer travel to Can Misses Hospital for treatment, saving the Formentera residents approximately one thousand trips per year.

Ana Juan: "Delivering on long-standing demands"
President Juan said the hemodialysis service and new 061 base made good on "two historical local demands": "This demonstrates that we continue to meet objectives and commitments". Juan described the two services as "essential" and said they "strengthen public health on the island and, in the case of haemodialysis, will save Formentera residents from having to travel to Eivissa for treatment".

€2.8-million emergency response base
The officials also sat for a presentation of Formentera's new operational base of the Emergency Medical Service (SAMU061). The SAMU061 launch came after the Governing Council approved the works contract for an estimated €2,771,290.89 and once the Technical Supervision Office of the district health authority OK'd the project.

The Balearic government has started work on the base in parallel with the unprecedented local roll-out of permanent haemodialysis service. Until last year, Formentera had an advanced life support ambulance in summer and a basic life support ambulance year round. Since September, 061 reinforcements, including the advanced life support ambulance, have been maintained to meet the needs of the local population.

Construction began in early November, with the new base, which will be located next to Formentera Hospital, expected to be operational by late 2023.

Plans for the project were designed by a team including David Bravo and Toni Abril in the architectural office of the district health authority. Bravo and Abril used a model to present the project to visitors.

During the visit, attendees commemorated the start of works by burying a time capsule containing mementos of significant events at Formentera Hospital.

The newly created 890-m2 base will be divided into two internally connected floors. The ground floor will occupy 605 m2, while the first floor (285 m2) will be flanked by a four-vehicle capacity parking area for ambulances.

The new facility will have three on-site resources:

Basic Life Support Unit
Advanced Life Support Unit
Non-emergency Medical Transport Unit

Human resources challenges dictate that the five on-site professionals will be in transit, with possibility of staff expansion.

21 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Participatory event to promote comprehensive plans for elderly and people with functional diversity

The Formentera Office of Social Welfare (Conselleria de Benestar Social, CBS) is pleased to report that Monday 21 November, the Consell de Formentera auditorium will be the scene of a participatory event on two CBS-backed projects: the Comprehensive Plan for the Elderly and Comprehensive Plan for People with Functional Diversity of Formentera.

Rafael Ramírez, councillor of social welfare, encouraged islanders to participate: "These are important plans that will serve as a roadmap in the years ahead for local government's efforts in these areas and at every level". In the words of Ramírez, "this is about designing the Formentera we want for our elders and for people with disabilities".

One part of crafting the plans is a participatory diagnosis, where all stakeholders can give their vision of how Formentera is now and what to do in the future.

Sessions will take place Monday 21 November in the Consell de Formentera auditorium (Sala de Plens). Mornings will be for individuals who will be directly involved and affected by the plans, with afternoons reserved for family members and islanders at large who wish to contribute their vision and experience.

- 9.00am - 11.00am: senior citizens
- 11.00am - 1.00pm: people with functional diversity
- 4.00pm - 5.30pm: families of elderly people
- 5.30pm - 7.00pm: families of people with functional diversity

An additional session on Tuesday 22 November will involve technicians and professionals in these areas to complement the diagnosis.

Individuals interested in participating can phone the Formentera Day Centre: 971 32 16 17.

18 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Presenting Maria Vila's "El oficio del artista"

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that Thursday 24 November at 7.30pm, author Maria Vila will present her book El oficio del artista at the Marià Villangómez Library in Sant Francesc.

As Vila explains, the principal objective of the book "is to provide models for all people who want to dedicate themselves fully to the world of art". "It is also a reflection on why 85% of the world is not doing the job they would really like to do, which constitutes an abysmal loss of human capital", says Vila. In interviews, artists from Eivissa and Formentera who, with optimism and perseverance, have made a living from their craft, explain how they did it. The book speaks to universal themes like money, health and love from a perspective that seeks to do away with the negative stereotypes surrounding such a generous profession. "If you want to know what it's like to make a living from art and what would happen if there were fewer soldiers and more artists in our society, this book is for you!" Vila concludes.

Maria Vila is a writer, translator and calligrapher based on Eivissa. She holds a bachelor's degree in Law from Universidade da Coruña, a master's in Human Rights from Universidad Carlos III in Madrid and a PhD in Anthropology and Social Work. Having lived abroad for many years with people from diverse cultures and worked with interdisciplinary teams, Vila speaks several languages, among them English and Arabic. She has published several works, such as Querida flor, Por amor, Manual del amante, and has collaborated in the recently published book Amb lletra de dona, which discusses local women writers.

18 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Consell de Formentera firefighters attend course on stabilising collapsed structures

foto 2022xi curs bombers AThe Formentera Office of Interior is pleased to report that Consell de Formentera firefighters have completed a course (levels one and two) on evaluating and stabilising collapsed structures. The course was held last week and consisted of 28 hours of theoretical and hands-on learning. A sergeant, chief, six firefighters and technical surveyor of the Consell del Formentera, as well as a non-commissioned officer of the Consell d'Eivissa fire brigade, all took part.

In this way, firefighters and other technicians learned to respond in emergencies involving structural collapses, including pre-collapse and post-collapse phases.

16 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera joins Offices of Justice pilot project to "accelerate and expand access to service"

foto 2022xi oficina justiciaToday in Madrid, Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera, attended a presentation concerning Offices of Justice (Oficines de Justicia), a pilot project that Formentera will join which, in the words of President Juan, aims to "streamline, modernise and make the judicial service more accessible to the people of the island".

The presentation was overseen by Pilar Llop, Minister of Justice; Tontxu Rodríguez, Secretary of State for Justice, and Abel Caballero, president of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP). According to Minister Llop, Oficines de Justicia "arose from the need to make justice simpler, more accessible and efficient".

President Juan took part in a round table discussion with other representatives of local institutions developing the project, where she affirmed, "collaboration between local, regional and state administrations is key to being more agile. On Formentera, where we face an insularity that is twice compounded, the transformation of the Justice of the Peace [Jutjat de Pau] in Oficina de Justicia will improve the service, make it more agile and dynamic and save Formentera residents trips to Eivissa and Palma; I think it is a very exciting project for our island". In the words of the Consell de Formentera president, "a stronger, expanded service consolidates the figure of current Jutjat de Pau clerks and guarantees their content".

Oficines de Justicia will replace Jutjats de Pau, serving the needs of the public and the country's technological reality, while expanding public services on offer in all municipalities.

After the Tarassona Oficina de Justica opens in early November, Formentera's will be the next office to open. The Formentera Oficina de Justicia is being launched in coordination with the Ministry of Justice.

11 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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