New Orthopaedics Ward inaugurated at the Gozo General Hospital
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The new Orthopaedics Ward at Gozo General Hospital, has been officially inaugurated by the Minister for Health, Chris Fearne, Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana and Gozo General Hospital Executive Director Joseph Fenech, through an investment of €185,000,
The new Orthopaedics Ward will be dedicated to hosting patients following total hip replacements and total knee replacements among other procedures and “marks yet another project completed by Steward Health Care Malta,” it said.
Steward Healthcare explained that the new ward is made up of 10 new beds, thereby increasing the hospital’s capacity and importantly freeing up space in the acute ward.
The hospital said that it has also on top of the capital investment, recruited an additional 10 nurses and carers among other support staff and provided training in collaboration with Mater Dei Hospital, ensuring the same protocols and standards are being followed.
Mr Joseph Fenech stated that “through the new Orthopaedics Ward patients will now be segregated appropriately as is best practice. Since patients will be part of a small cohort, it will be easier for them to be given increased individual attention and for hospital staff to deliver more specialised and dedicated care.“We are excited about the developments at Gozo General Gozo Hospital, and are continuing to work to be able to truly develop a centre of excellence here for the local community,” he added.
Minister Chris Fearne remarked that “the Government’s mission was to offer the highest level of care possible and that the opening of the new Orthopaedic Ward was simply one piece of a much bigger picture.”
He explained how Steward had “already invested millions in hospital improvements and was continuing to work as a partner to deliver care across Malta and Gozo.”
“The Ministry for Gozo is working closely with its counterparts in health to ensure that a holistic approach is taken to health delivery in Gozo,” Minister Justine Caruana said. “Only in such a way would Gozitan patients be able to receive high quality care close to home.”
Alongside the inauguration of the Orthopaedics Ward, Steward Malta said that it has “also invested in a new Chiller Unit for the hospital’s operating theatres, it has just renovated the doctor’s quarters, it is progressing well on finishing the Barts Medical School on time, and will be announcing even more developments in the days and weeks to come.”