Patients seeking medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) are experiencing better services offered at each department, despite challenges faced by the hospital.
Dr. Carl Max Hanoman, Chairman, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation Board
Dr. Carl Max Hanoman, who was elected chairman of GPHC’s Board in March said that the hospital has been “providing quality health care to the public for the past three-and-a-half months.”
Dr. Hanoman, speaking at a press conference today, at the hospital’s Resource Centre, noted that overcrowding has been managed at the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit with the restructuring of the triage area.
Although there are visible improvements that can be applauded, Dr. Hanoman told journalists that the board of the GPHC is an independent body which means that they will be responsible for decision-making at the facility.
Dr. Hanoman highlighted the high staff turn-over rate, lack of specialised staff and the absence of teamwork as some major issues that are to be addressed. These issues were recognised as significant factors that are affecting the quality of service it should provide as a referred hospital in the country.
One of the first projects that the board has pledged to implement is the computerisation of the hospital’s mode of operation.
GPHC’s board seeks to accomplish a fully functioning A&E unit, less overcrowding at the hospital, the provision of high-level quality health care, a nurse/doctor – patient friendly environment, and teamwork.
The hospital has a shortage of nurses. This, Dr. Hanoman noted is not the board’s responsibility, but the number is taken into consideration as they aim towards specialising care at all levels from the Emergency Medical Technicians to doctors.