Cardiac care service gets boost with RIPAS Hospital, Gleneagles JPMC working closely

Azlan Othman

It is important for the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital and the Gleneagles Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) to work together in providing the best cardiac care for patients through a mutual understanding of work processes and the sharing of knowledge and expertise, said Operation Theatre Nurse Manager of Gleneagles JPMC, Sharon Phua. She made these comments during a nurses’ workshop held at the Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) yesterday.

It was held as part of the 6th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society of Brunei Darussalam (CSBD), from October 11 to 13.

CSBD President Dr Sofian Bin Dato Paduka Dr Haji Johar was also present.

Phua said, “RIPAS Hospital is a primary care hospital and the main referral hospital in the country, referring cardiology or cardiology-related cases to Gleneagles JPMC.

“For many years, we have been working closely with the Cardiology Department of RIPAS Hospital. Many of (the attendees) here have interacted in one way or another from joint meetings to discuss and to share insights on cardiac cases, to receiving or making a call for patient transfer – especially so when an urgent transfer or bed crisis occurs.”

Participants at the nurses’ workshop. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

Covering topics such as management of heart attacks and patient education, the workshop focussed specifically on the interaction and cooperation between the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Gleneagles JPMC nursing teams, to provide safe and comprehensive care for patients with heart conditions in Brunei Darussalam.

Nursing Officer at the RIPAS Cardiac Centre, Hajah Mariah binti Haji Abdul Ghani, said the collaboration helps RIPAS Hospital when sending patients to Gleaneagles JPMC as well as in operating machines and to learn from each other like in special care.

“We are also involved in observations for World Heart Day, such as public heart screenings, to create more awareness amid increasing case of cardiovascular disease in the country,” she said. The conference continued in the afternoon with a device workshop focussing on implantable cardiac electronic devices, at the RIPAS Hospital Cardiac Centre.

Today’s itinerary involves the launching of the Brunei Darussalam Hypertension Guidelines at the Roof Floor of the PJSC, with the main scientific sessions to be held at the same venue tomorrow.