Gozo General Hospital Upgrade
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Despite the size of Gozo General Hospital, the Ministry for Gozo and the hospital’s administration have left no stone unturned to make best possible use of the space available within the complex to offer the community access to the latest developments in the medical and community care sphere.
This is in line with the objective of the state hospital service to provide diagnostic, treatment and other medical care facilities from hospitals on an in-patient and out-patient basis.
A comprehensive refurbishment and modernisation programme, including the establishment of new services, is in progress in all government hospitals, not to mention the construction of the new Mater Dei Hospital in Malta.
Thanks to the many projects carried out at Gozo General Hospital, the various services offered there are made use of not only by the Gozitans but also by Maltese and foreigners, the hospital’s medical superintendent, Anthony Livori, said.
Two milestones projects are singled out: the re-design and refurbishing of the maternity ward, including a new gynaecology ward, and the modernisation of the residential home for the female elderly, Residenza Sant’Anna.
The gynaecology and maternity wards formed part of an Lm80,000 investment programme which also incorporated the modernisation of the doctors’ quarters.
The aim of having a gynaecology ward was mainly to provide special attention to certain cases in a separate section, thus easing overcrowding in the female ward.
The maternity ward can accommodate mothers-to-be in a number of single rooms with en suite facilities. There are also double and four-bedded rooms. Dr Livori explained that the rooms, equipped with the latest medical technology, offered privacy and comfort. The labour ward is state-of-the-art.
The colour scheme of these wards and also of the nursery were selected with a view to make the environment as vivid as possible.
Every bed in both wards has a computerised network, TV and telephone points and also a modern electronic nurse call system and fire alarm. Of course, medical gasses are supplied to every bed.
The refurbishment programme also covered the replacement of all water pipes and the entire electrical installation system and the removal of false ceilings.
The expansion and modernisation at Residenza Sant’Anna cost Lm700,000 and, apart from an upgrade of services and facilities, consisted in raising bed capacity by 35 per cent, meaning it can now accommodate a maximum of 81 residents.
Dr Livori explained that apart from offering a modern and healthier environment, Residenza Sant’Anna was refurbished in order to be able to offer, as much as possible, an alternative accommodation to the elderly inmate’s private residences.
The project involved the construction of modern rooms with every bed equipped with those facilities inmates of a certain age would require, bathrooms with safety equipment, a modern sitting room, a kitchen, a hairdressing salon and a private room for meetings.
Dr Livori said that very shortly the hospital will be introducing a new catering system whereby patients will be served with hot/cold meals from specially-designed trolleys. Meals will be transported to the wards straight from the kitchen. The trolleys have two compartments and are programmed to keep the meals hot or cold accordingly. Although the catering system is still being carried out on trial basis, the response from patients “is very positive”, according to Dr Livori.
Apart from these major projects, over the past years the ministry and the Gozo General Hospital administration opened new clinics within the outpatients department, such as a clinic for minor medical/surgical interventions, the audiology clinic, the renal unit department, installed an ophthalmic laser machine, upgraded the medical records section and built an ambulance bay at the hospital entrance.
Minister for Gozo Giovanna Debono said the projects undertaken within Gozo General Hospital is a clear evidence of the government’s determination to provide the best possible health service in Gozo. She said it was thanks to the continuous cooperation extended by the hospital medical and general staff that the modernisation projects could materialise.