In an area of 400 m², Arlanc’s health center currently has two doctors, a general practitioner and a digestive and visceral surgeon; A nurse’s office; A midwife; Two physiotherapist masseurs; Two psychologists as well as an osteopath and paramedics.
Health professionals from the region, but also from the South, Normandy or Rhne, have come to settle in the countryside and are feeling well there. This space will allow them better patient care and better collaboration.
With one doctor for every 2,000 inhabitants, Livradois-Forez is a medical center in the desert.
Coraline Blineau, midwife (and gynecological follow-up), is happy to work in this environment. Despite a somewhat long start, he has now found his client and “loves native life”
€ 200,000 payable by the municipality
This project, which was initially intended for inter-municipality, eventually turned into a municipality. Work performed by local companies began in September 2019 and ended in June 2021 at a total cost of € 860,000 (renovation of health area and village hall). It is a relief for Mayor Jean Savinell to be happy to finally open this site after two years of health crisis.
The realization of this long work will make it possible to ensure comprehensive care for patients and those who are away from care.
Funds were hard to find, 70% of the budget was found (thanks to the region, especially the municipal community) but the municipality spent a little over 200,000 euros.
Finally the first board of the Ambert Health Center was laid
Daniel Forster, president of the municipality’s community, added that it supports investment in building new health centers and “helping to set up new doctors” is a priority of local health contracts.
Two measures have been taken
Newly-elected deputy Andre Chasain explained to him that three issues arose during his campaign: “Health, health and health. The implementation of this national project requires “a sense of dynamism, common interest and openness for the common good”. He also questioned how the state could support the deployment of doctors in rural areas.
The problem is that the sub-prefect, Nathalie Vitrat, also underlines. He said a working group has been formed between ARS and CPAM to find solutions in the Ambert sector and bring in caregivers.
Despite a small number of hospitalizations, the covid did not disappear in the Pui-de-Dome.
Bryce Hortefux, MEP, added that health is a major issue in the region, “especially when 25% of professionals are retiring.” He explained that two arrangements have been put in place: paying students 3,000 3,000 for their internships in rural areas and paying doctors 10,000 10,000 so that they can stay in the same area for at least two years.
The morning ended with a moment of joy in the vicinity of a drink and Petit Char prepared by the Bertignat company Petit Plat Mobil. Jean Savinell wished “a beautiful and long life in this healthy place”.