three round tables with “Sud Ouest” on the consequences in the Basque Country

Last January, the Basque editorial staff of “Sud Ouest” devoted its health conference to the theme of cancer care. At the start of 2021, it necessarily adapts to current events by offering three round tables on the consequences of the health crisis in the Basque Country.

The objective of these meetings remains the same: to bring together the health professionals of the territory to debate and give answers to the questions we all ask ourselves about this Covid which has occupied our daily lives for almost a year. They will not have not held in public this time, but will be filmed on a set installed at our Bayonne branch, and posted on our website from this Friday 22 January.

Three themes

The subject is very broad and we have chosen to articulate it around three themes:

-the news of the vaccination and the outlook for the virus,

– the cooperation between healthcare establishments in the Basque Country and the treatment of other pathologies,

– the effects of Covid on mental health.

To answer our questions, the departmental director of the ARS, the director of the Basque Coast hospital center, representatives of most health establishments and home hospitalization in the Basque Country will follow one another on the set. as well as doctors who have combined the Covid at all times for a year. Presentation.

The situation in January and the outlook

While preparing the round table last week, Maritxu Blanzaco, the departmental director of the ARS (regional health agency), warned: “What is expected is to know the operating mode of vaccination, and these possible obstacles “.

The vaccine will therefore be discussed with Michel Glanes, director of the Basque Coast hospital center, Alain Bernady, chief doctor of the Toki-Eder center in Cambo, Christophe Hody, quality manager of Health Service Bayonne, and Marie-Laure Lacaze, president of the Basque Country Ehpad network. Who can vaccinate? Who can be vaccinated? How will the nursing staff adapt?

These questions are sure to be raised by the journalists who will moderate the debate. Should we fear a third wave of confinement? The outlook for the evolution of circulation of the virus and its different strains in 2021 will be given by each guest, also with a broader vision of the situation: how to continue living with the Covid. “We must always insist on prevention and screening,” insists Michel Glanes.

“Vaccination, okay, but we must also talk about the after,” says Marie-Laure Lacaze. In Toki-Eder, a post-treatment and rehabilitation care establishment (SSR), “the Covid is a catalyst for reflection”, notes the director Grégory Dieusaert. While health services caregivers also “have a teaching role to reassure patients at home,” notes Christophe Hody.

Treatment of other pathologies

The Covid has taken center stage in healthcare establishments since March. But what about the treatment of other pathologies? To answer this, the platform for this second round table will be provided.

Laurence Ritz, head of the internal medicine pole of the hospital, Nicolas Bobet, director of the Aquitaine Ramsay health center, Nicole Ithurria, director of the polyclinic of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Maylis Hapette, geriatrician at the Landouzy clinic in Cambo , Frédéric Duval, coordinating physician of Santé Service, François Gouffrant, director of the Delay clinic, and Thomas Grellety, oncologist at the Bayonne hospital will follow one another to testify about their experience and their reorganization in 2020, both in relations with the hospital center, front-line establishment, only to welcome their patients, and manage the activity of all staff. They will testify to their feelings and their permanent adaptation to the first and second waves, in particular for the treatment of cancer and geriatrics.

To the point that Covid is now considered (and treated) as an “ordinary” pathology? This is what we will ask our guests who all hope that the vaccine will make it easier for them as quickly as possible.

The effects of Covid on mental health

We have seen it in particular since this fall: mental health is the collateral victim of the coronavirus. Anxiety affects of course people who have been infected with Covid, but also all those who fear catching it, and more broadly a large majority of the population who can no longer continue to chain the waves of confinement, covers -fire and other restrictions.

To talk about it, “Sud Ouest” invited four psychiatrists : Elorri Amestoy from the Center hospitalier de la Côte basque, François Chevrier from the Caradoc clinic, Jonathan Debat from the Amade clinic and Pierre Vaeze from the Mirambeau clinic. Through their experiences, they all share the same observation: the second wave does more damage than the first on our mind, they do not hesitate to project themselves on a third psychiatric wave.

What are the effects of Covid on the morale of young people? How do employees adapt to teleworking? How do the regular patients in these establishments react? How to treat the new ones? How to measure the effects of the isolation of the youngest, like the oldest? Is there a cure?

Our four experts, who also expect a lot from vaccination, will answer these questions during the roundtable.

These conferences will be found on from this Friday January 22. To find out more, register now on

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