| Azlan Othman |
PEADIATRIC and Obstetrics & Gynaecology (O & G) services will move in phases from the existing RIPAS Hospital to the new Women and Children’s Block of RIPAS Hospital starting January 9, the Director-General of Medical Services of the Ministry of Health, Dr Hj Zulaidi bin Hj Abdul Latif told reporters yesterday.
Over 380 beds are available at the Women and Children’s Block excluding clinics and day ward beds. Four rooms are also available for mothers to take care of their newborns.
The new block comes with new facilities in accordance to international standards, he added at the press briefing.
“Our wards are currently very cramped and with more space at the Women and Children’s Block, it will be more conducive for patients and staff. More beds are available at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). One can see big improvements at the ICU facilities, labour room and first class facilities. We hope that patients will benefit more,” Dr Hj Zulaidi said.
The Women and Children’s Block of RIPAS Hospital was completed at the end of last year and the key presentation was held December 18, 2014.
As a first step in the moving process and the use of this new centre, the Peadiatric (children) as well as Obstetrics & Gynaecology services will move to the new block between January 9 and 12. The moving also includes the transfer of patients from the present peadiatric and O & G wards to the new wards.
The new peadiatric and O & G clinics will also be open at the Women and Children’s Block. The moving will be conducted in stages to ensure the safety, comfort and welfare of the patients.
The peadiatric clinic will move to the facility at the ground floor while the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) will move to second floor.
The Peadiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and High Dependency Peadiatric Unit as well as Acute Peadiatric Unit (APU) will be at third floor, while Peadiatric wards 26 and 27 will be on fifth and sixth floor. All peadiatric patients currently at ward 1, 2, 3 and PICU will move this Friday, January 9, while babies treated at NICU and SCBU will move to the new centre on January 10.
The O & G clinic will move to the ground floor of the new facility, while the maternity ward suite and obstetric operation room will move to the first floor of the new building.
The Obstetrics & Gynaecology wards 30 to 33 will move to seventh and eighth floor while two first class wards (34 and 35) will be on the ninth floor.
All pregnant mothers and post natal services will also be moved this Sunday, Jan 11, while gynaecology patients will move Monday, January 12. Peadiatric as well as Obstetrics & Gynaecology clinics will also move to the new centre and start their operations January 12.
Patients with appointments at peadiatric as well as Obstetrics & Gynaecology clinics have been advised to contact their respective clinics for appointment queries.
There is no Accident and Emergency (A&E) services at the Women and Children’s Block and for any emergencies the public is urged to go directly to the current A & E facility.
It was also informed that there are three drop-off points at the new block namely at the main entrance, basement 1 and basement 2 car park. Public who wish to go to Peadiatric and O & G clinics, the drop- off point is at the main entrance gate of the building.
Meanwhile, for patients to be admitted to wards or maternity ward complex and drop-off for ambulance services is at basement 1. For mothers who are about to give birth and seek immediate attention, the drop-off point is at basement 1 where the lift service will bring them to the maternity ward complex at the first floor. But if the time is too short, they can go directly to Accident and Emergency of RIPAS Hospital.
The third drop-off point for visitors is on the third floor. Some 136 parking spaces are available and the exit will take motorists to the Hassanal Bolkiah Highway.
Due to the limited car park, shuttle services are provided to the public which stops in front of the new block. Three buses are available from the shuttle bus area at Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah which stops at the Women and Children’s Block before proceeding to the Outpatient area of RIPAS Hospital.
In addition, three express buses are also provided for the public who wish to go straight to the Outpatient area of RIPAS Hospital. Counters are available at the lobby of the new block for the public to ask for direction. A hotline for public inquiry, 8233991, has also been set up.
The hospital authorities are seeking the assistance of the public to follow instructions given by officers in charge.
Dr Hj Zulaidi also advised visitors to adhere to the visiting hours of the hospital and strictly limit to two visitors for every patient at any one time. Children below 12 years old are not allowed to enter wards or units. Visitors must avoid making loud noises.
The press briefing yesterday also coincided with the presentation of posters depicting the new block to the government public relations officers.