Health. Cherbourg: what is this unique system in France to help the most vulnerable?

Health. Cherbourg: what is this unique system in France to help the most vulnerable?
Health. Cherbourg: what is this unique system in France to help the most vulnerable?

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June 15, 2024 at 2:56 p.m.

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PASS is the acronym for Permanent access to health care. It is a device that exists in almost all French hospitals For to accompany in and towards care population in great vulnerability (homeless, migrants, isolated people and without open rights, etc.).

Cherbourg (Manche) presents the unique feature in France to have split his PASS, with a Place of support and D’medical-social support within the Pasteur hospital and an external PASS, installed in municipal premises At Gambetta car park.

1,700 consultations in 2023

The external PASS, renamed Gateway to health care downtownis open every Thursday. It works with six volunteer doctorsretired or active, who take turns there, two nurses and an assistant made available by the hospital, supported by a social worker.

Doctors Frédéric Bastian and Anne Wucher explain: “It is thanks to the combined efforts of the municipality and its CCAS, the hospitalvolunteer doctors and associative fabric help to the most deprived that this care offer was able to be put in place twelve years ago.

We provided 1,700 consultations in 2023 for 800 patients. The pathologies are very diverse, sometimes aggravated by lack of hygiene which causes skin problems. The cost of prescribed medications is covered by the City of Cherbourg, for €20,000 in 2023. In addition to its certain usefulness, our small center relieves hospital emergencies, which are a little less congested thanks to our work.

Doctors Frédéric Bastian and Anne Wucher

From our correspondent Étienne DEVAILLY

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