2,211 operations carried out at Gozo General Hospital, up 10% on 2013
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“Results in the health sector in Gozo are making a difference in the life of Gozitan families,” the Parliamentary Secretary for health Chris Fearne, said today during a meeting with the hospital’s management.
He added that between January and September of this year at the GGH, there was a 10% increase in operations carried out compared to the same period last year. A total of 2,211 operations were made, over 200 more than in 2013.
During today’s meeting they discussed the operation of the health sector in Gozo during the past months, which, the Parliamentary Secretary said, had recorded improvements in both new and established services.
The sectors that saw the highest increases were, endoscopy, by 150 operations, colorectal screening programme with an increase of 70 interventions and ENT by 40 operations.
Chris Fearne congratulated the leadership of the hospital for its effective work and highlighted the results obtained through the new services at the Gozo Hospital in recent months. among them:
750 patients received services offered by the Day Care Unit
The chemotherapy services at the GGH have been offered to more than 60 patients, and in the coming months this service is set to be extended to include prostate treatment.
A new pain clinic was recently opened at the hospital. There are new services being offered in rheumatology.
Also through new technology in the field of virtual colonoscopy, 112 patients have already benefited from a CT scan which issues a detailed 3D picture of the large intestine without the need of an invasive procedure for the patient.
“These results demonstrate the diligence given to provide the highest level possible of patient care to Gozitans,” Chris Fearne said.
He added that these positive results were made possible to achieve thanks to the Government’s investment in human resources, which has lead to an increase in the hours when operations are carried out, the opening of a third operating theatre and the extended services now being offered, especially in dermatology, cardiology, general surgery, ophthalmology and orthopaedics.
The Parliamentary Secretary showed his appreciation to all the healthcare workers at the Gozo General Hospital for their dedication to the Goztian patients and their assistance in providing the best service possible.