28 August, 2020


Medical and nursing staff, an emergency technician and physiotherapists provided care coverage at the advanced medical post and the event venue installed for the occasion on the beach of Pantín de Valdoviño, A Coruña.

Vithas is the official medical provider for the World Surf League events in Spain, whose suspension due to COVID-19 has not prevented the celebration of the now-classic Galician surfing championship, which ended last weekend.

The Vithas healthcare staff assisted a total of 125 people, including surfers and staff from the organization, at the advanced medical post and the compound installed on Pantín beach on the occasion of the thirty-third edition of the ABANCA PANTÍN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO 2020 disputed in the homonymous beach of Valdoviño, A Coruña. A doctor, a nurse, an emergency health technician and two physiotherapists from the Vithas Vigo Hospital and the Vithas Salud de Pontevedra medical centre offered assistance support to this event, which brought together more than 150 professional surfers, mostly from Spain and also from other countries.

In addition to the ABANCA PANTÍN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO 2020, this beach in the Coruña municipality of Valdoviño hosted the Galician Surf Championship on the weekend of August 15-16 and, for the first time, a test specifically designed for surfers with disabilities, the ABANCA ADAPTIVE SURFING, contested on Monday, August 17. Vithas also offered medical support and physical therapy treatments to the participants in these two trials.

The physiotherapists attended a total of 78 participants and organizers, who were mainly treated with muscle overloads in the lumbar region and the pelvitro-chanteral muscles (glutes and iliac psoas, especially), caused by repetitive movements and many hours of training and competition. The adductors also suffer from this type of sport, although a good warm-up and stretching before and after sports practice helps to prevent this type of annoying pathologies, but without major physical consequences.

The most frequent injuries in this type of athletes are generally cervical-dorsal pain, especially at the interscapular level; as well as the latissimus dorsi, teres major and minor, and the rotator cuff.

On the other hand, most of the 47 interventions of the advanced medical post were due to small wounds, or pout bites, which in the area are known as escarapotes. Cuts, some of them that required suturing, but without much importance; kinks; or mild hypothermia, were also treated by Vithas professionals displaced to Pantín.

There were also other larger actions such as the transfer to Ferrol to carry out radiological tests on a participant who suffered a shoulder dislocation; the transfer on a stretcher from the shore of a participant with broken fibres; or the care given to a minor who suffered seizures during her stay on the beach in Pantín. Several patients were monitored and, when the doctor considered it appropriate, electrocardiograms were performed on different users of the Vithas advanced medical post in Pantín. 

Vithas shares values ​​with sport.

This is the second great surfing event in which Vithas is present since it offered the same services in Tenerife last January on the occasion of the only World Surf League event held in Spain. The COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulties of travelling for the participants caused this world championship to be suspended this year, but it has not prevented the celebration of the now-classic Galician surfing championship thanks to the strict security measures implemented by the organization and that was scrupulously respected by the large audience, the participants and the workers of the event.

Vithas is present in this great surfing event since it shares the same values ​​as a sport in general and surfing in particular. The commitment of the first national health operator with 100 per cent Spanish capital to the patient experience goes beyond purely care and promotes a healthy lifestyle, as well as the active practice of a sport.

In this sense, the manager of Vithas Vigo, Dr Ciro Cabezas, has pointed out in the presentation of this XXXIII edition of the ABANCA PANTÍN CLASSIC GALICIA PRO 2020 that, for this reason, the Vithas Vigo hospital, like many others in the group, has a Sports Medicine Unit specially oriented to satisfy the needs of amateur, federated or professional athletes with a global perspective.

Vithas Hospitals are safe.

The Vithas Vigo Hospital and the other 18 Vithas hospitals are safe hospitals for patients and professionals thanks to the implementation of strict security protocols against COVID-19. Among the measures implemented, the establishment of two differentiated circuits stands out: one for people with symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and another for the rest of the patients.

Additionally, we supply masks and hydro alcoholic gel to all people who come to the hospital for any reason. In addition, the Group is conducting massive virus detection tests on all staff, who are equipped with all the necessary self-protection measures.

A security that has always been reinforced thanks to the fact that all Vithas hospitals implement the strict protocols of the Joint Commission International, a world reference body that accredits patient safety and excellence in care.

About the Vithas Vigo Hospital.

The Vithas Vigo Hospital, founded in 1963, currently has an area of ​​25,000 square meters and makes available to its patients a health facility composed, among others, of 141 beds, 30 consultations, 11 operating rooms (2 of CMA), 7 ICU beds, two hydrotherapy pools, three gyms and 28 physiotherapy cabins.
In addition, among the specialities it provides, there is the Assisted Reproduction Unit, Institute of Robotic Surgery, Traumatology, Traffic Injured Unit, Obesity Unit, Rehabilitation, General and Digestive Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Maxillofacial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Internal Medicine, Nuclear Medicine, Neurosurgery, Dentistry, Medical Oncology, Psychiatry, Sleep Unit, Aesthetic Medicine Unit. It also has a maternal and child area from which the accreditation of the Hospital as a Child Friend is being promoted, in accordance with UNICEF criteria.

In Galicia, the Vithas healthcare network is completed with the Vithas Salud polyclinic in Pontevedra, and with the headquarters of the Vithas Lab laboratories in Vigo, Pontevedra and A Coruña that constitute, together with their network of more than 300 collection points of samples, a benchmark diagnosis centre in the sector.

Vithas’s commitment: accredited healthcare quality, personal service and long-term vision.

Vithas’ strategic commitment is that all health care is endorsed by the standards of the most prestigious international quality accreditation, the Joint Commission International. Only 15 prestigious hospitals in Spain have such accreditation and recognition, and three of them are part of Vithas, in Madrid, Malaga and Granada. Each year Vithas treats its patients more than 5,200,000 times in its 19 Vithas Salud hospitals and 26 medical centres. The 45 centres are distributed throughout the national territory and include the hospitals of Alicante, Almería, Benalmádena, Castellón, Granada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lleida, Madrid, Malaga, Seville, Tenerife, Vigo, Valencia and Vitoria -Gasteiz. The 26 Vithas Salud centres are located in Alicante, Elche, El Ejido, Fuengirola, Granada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lleida, Madrid, Malaga, Nerja, Pontevedra, Rincón de la Victoria, Seville, Torre del Mar, Torremolinos, and Vitoria -Gasteiz. Vithas also has more than 300 extraction points distributed throughout Spain in the Vithas Lab network of laboratories. Its PlazaSalud24 purchasing centre, a benchmark in the sector, serves 39 hospitals, 35 medical centres and 20 dental clinics.

Vithas has a stake in the leading hospital project in the Balearic Islands, the Juaneda Assistance Network, which has 5 hospitals and a wide network of medical centres throughout the region.
Vithas’s commitment to accredited quality healthcare and personalized service is linked to the strong support and long-term vision of Vithas shareholders: Goodgrower, who controls 80% of the capital, and CriteriaCaixa, with the remaining 20%.
With a growth model based on geographic diversification and sustainability, Vithas plans to continue consolidating its national presence both with the opening of new centres and through acquisitions and strategic agreements.