In early 2020, the local hospital doctors and healthcare professionals invited Rotarians to discuss possible ways of collaborating on projects that would improve the quality of healthcare services in the local city. After a number of discussions, both parties identified a Medical Daycare unit (ambulatory care centre) as the most pressing need for the community there. We started with visits to the different wards, evaluated each different need and then proceeded to conduct interviews and surveys with hospital staff to confirm that a Medical Daycare unit (ambulatory care centre) was a need.
We found that setting up a Medical Daycare unit (ambulatory care centre) would allow the hospital to provide care and treatment to affected patients at a separate location within the hospital grounds, without the need to admit those patients in the general ward. This allows the hospital to cater to more patients and reduce the dependence on beds and facilities in the general ward. Right now, the patients who fit the criteria for Medical Daycare unit (ambulatory care centre) are forced to take up space (beds) in the general ward despite only needing to be treated for one to three hours. Due to the lack of space, at times, mattresses are added to the ward to cater to the increasing number of patients. Most times, patients are asked to come back at a later date due to the congestion and lack of resources.
The Covid-19 pandemic worsened the situation with patients potentially being at risk of exposure to the virus when placed in the general ward for the few hours when they come for their follow up procedures. Furthermore, due to increasing Covid-19 cases, more and more general wards have been converted to Covid wards, which means even more delayed treatment/follow up for those patients. This will impact their disease progression. Therefore, it was clear that there is a very pressing need for the setting up of a Medical Daycare unit (ambulatory care centre).
This project aims to purchase the necessary equipment to set up the Medical Daycare unit (ambulatory care centre).
Club members will be involved in :-
- Conducting a needs assessment together with the Co-operating Organisation;
- Planning and executing the Global Grant project;
- Making all relevant payments to vendors and suppliers as per the agreed tariff;
- Ensuring the timely submission of reports and relevant documentation to The Rotary Foundation,
International Partner and Co-operating Organisation.