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East Hospital continues to receive and treat Ukrainian soldiers seriously injured in the war

Today, on 20 June 2024, the Riga East University Hospital (East Hospital) welcomed 11 Ukrainian soldiers for the 15th time. These soldiers, seriously injured in the war launched by Russia, are brought back every month by the aid bus organised by the charity project. The bus carrying the Ukrainian soldiers was met by Normunds Stanevičs, Chairman of the Board of the East Hospital, Aleksejs Višņakovs, Head of the Emergency Medicine and Patient Admission Clinic, and Anatolii Kutsevol, Ambassador Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Republic of Latvia.

This time, 11 soldiers wounded in war have made the long journey to Latvia’s largest hospital. The patients were welcomed by a multidisciplinary team of doctors and nursing staff from the Emergency Medicine and Admission Clinic (NMPUK), Clinic of Traumatology and Orthopaedics, General and Emergency Surgery Clinic, Neurology and Neurosurgery Clinic, Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery and Rehabilitation Clinic.

All patients underwent a comprehensive health screening, including various laboratory tests to check for the possible presence of multidrug-resistant infections, which can quickly flare up and spread in war conditions.

Two soldiers with serious war injuries will be treated in specialised clinics at the East Hospital. They will undergo several complex and sequential surgical and microsurgical operations. Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation and functional specialists will work with these patients to help them recover more quickly from their complex and severe war injuries. The injured will be treated at the Traumatology and Orthopaedics Clinic and the General and Emergency Surgery Clinic of the East Hospital.

After the examinations at NMPUK, the remaining patients will be transferred to other medical facilities in Latvia, depending on the specifics of their injuries.

It is planned that one patient will be transferred to the Traumatology and Orthopaedics Hospital for further treatment, while eight patients will be transferred to the National Rehabilitation Centre “Vaivari” for further long-term rehabilitation.

The patients were welcomed at the East Hospital by doctors, nurses, care and support staff from various specialties:

Juris Nikolajenko, Medical Director of the East Hospital;

Aleksejs Višņakovs, Inese Larionova, Santa SevastjanovaAļona Ježova, Lāsma Aleksejeva, Violeta KolosovaKirils Doņeckis, Maksims Rudenoks, Dāgs Daniels BlausIeva Tālberga, Jurate BalodeJeļizaveta Asejeva,  NMPUK;

Kaspars Auslands, Clinic of Neurology and Neurosurgery;

Konstantīns Plotņikovs, Kristiāns Alpe, Clinic of Traumatology and Orthopaedics;

Aleksejs Kaminskis, Alvis Melderis, Clinic of General and Emergency Surgery.

Patients affected by the war in Ukraine are brought to the East Hospital due to a private initiative of the founders of the charity project, Arvis Rekets and Mārtiņš Medinieks. The Charitable Foundation of Georgy Logvinsky, which operates in Ukraine, has equipped and rebuilt a bus to transport these patients.

About the East Hospital 

Riga East University Hospital is the largest and most strategically important multi-profile hospital in the country. The hospital consists of five clinical centres: Clinical Centre of Emergency Medicine Gailezers, Oncology Centre of Latvia, Clinical Centre Biķernieki, Centre of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases and Latvian Centre of Infectious Diseases with centres and clinics of different profiles. The hospital provides highly specialised inpatient and secondary outpatient healthcare, providing multidisciplinary tertiary-level treatment and care in line with modern technologies and medical knowledge. The hospital provides treatment for about 80% of all cancer patients in Latvia. The hospital provides a practical training base for both Latvian and foreign students and provides continued professional development and knowledge transfer for health professionals in our country and abroad. The hospital conducts scientific research and develops innovative methods for treating patients. The hospital is the third largest employer in the country, with around 5,000 employees.