The Medical Unit has often been described as the “pinnacle” from which all other aspects of healthcare are extracted.
The Medical Ward is comprised of 19 beds: a female quarter with five beds, a male quarter with six beds, and four semi-private rooms with two beds each. One of the semi-private rooms is used as a “step-down” unit for patients discharged from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or as an extension to the four-bedded ICU when the patient load exceeds its capacity. This multi-purpose room is also used as a Dialysis Room for patients that are too ill to be transported to the Kidney Centre for treatment. The remaining semi-private rooms are used for isolation cases, e.g. Tuberculosis, MRSA, etc. and after being high cleaned, can be used for non-infectious cases or as V.I.P. (very important person) patients meeting the criteria.
Services are provided on a 24 hour basis, and patients are admitted through the Accident/Emergency & Urgent Care Centre, the Outpatients Specialty Clinic, and private healthcare facilities. Patients referred from neighbouring cays and islands, e.g. Grand Cay, Abaco; Bimini, etc. are rotated through the Accident/Emergency & Urgent Care Centre before admission to the Medical Ward.
The Medical Ward operates on a daily shift rotation:
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
10:30 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.
That all staff develop into mature, professional caregivers, providing the highest quality care to clients in a safe environment and in an efficient and compassionate manner.
To promote opportunities for personal growth and development of all staff according to the need of the institution: providing optimal patient care through the utilization of the nursing process, continuous assessment and improvement of patient care in an attitude of team spirit and commitment to our clients.
Providing quality health care by competent professionals.
Scope of Service
The following therapeutic modalities are utilized to facilitate patient care:
- Nursing process
- Cardiac monitoring
- Intravenous therapy
- Fluid and electrolyte balance and replacement
- Blood and blood components administration
- Skin and respiratory care
- Pain management
- Administration of pharmacological agents
- Emergency resuscitation procedures
- Nurses rounds
- Doctors rounds
- Off-site diagnostic tests, e.g. echocardiogram, performed at a private institution
- Transfer of patients in and out, whether in-house or overseas
- Management of post-operative patients, especially renal patients for I-J catheters
- Safety management
- Infection control
- Nutritional care-enteral feeds
- Patient education
- Discharge planning