EFSTH Paediatrics Department

Welcome to the paediatric department of EFSTH, Banjul the Gambia, the department treats more than 11000 children a year and runs at 98% occupancy.

There are currently 120 beds in paediatrics

SERVICES

WARDS AND CLINICAL AREAS

Special care unit (PSCU) 1 and 2 Sickest patients >1 month of age

 

Patients are transferred from PSCU 1 to PSCU1 to PSCU2 as soon as clinically stable

 

ADMISSION CRITERIA:

·       More than 4 complete weeks of age

·       Oxygen dependency

·       Needs for frequent nursing observation

 

Oxygen services available at PSCU 1 in the first 6 beds

 

 

NEONATAL WARDS

Neonatal wards comprise of the following sections:

  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU): the capacity is 23 cots and has four radiant warmers
  • Neonatal stable ward: the capacity is 5 cots and has 1 radiant warmer
  • Neonatal septic ward: the cots depends on the number of admissions currently has 3 cots
  • Early kangaroo care ward (eKMC): for preterm and babies of low birth weight on research for early kangaroo mother care, you can see the research section for more about eKMC

Paediatric outpatient department (POPD):

  • Paediatric emergency room
  • Opens 24 hours per day
  • Only emergencies and referral

NUTRITION WARD: for stable patients in the second phase of re-feeding, who have a Z- score of less than -3

PAEDIARIC PHARMACY: next door to the POPD, only open 8am-2pm Monday to Friday and carries limited range of drugs

 

CURRENT CLINICS

These are divided into specialities and general paediatric follow-up

MONDAY: sickle cell/ haematology and asthma clinic

TUESDAY: general paediatric, renal and endocrine clinic and nutrition clinic.

WEDNESDAY: cardiac clinic and TB clinics

THURSDAY: neurology, disability and HIV clinic

DAILY PROGRAMME FOR PAEDIATRIC DOCTORS

Normal working hours: Monday- Thursday 8am-4pm, Fridays 8am-2pm

Doctors’ on-call: 4pm- 8am

Morning handover: 8:15am at the paediatric conference room