Baptist Medical Centre HospitalNalerigu, Ghana

Specialties Needed

Anesthesiology, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Colorectal Surgery, Dentistry, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Neonatology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Urology

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Hospital Website
http://www.baptistmedicalcenter.org or visit http://www.failefoundation.org (click on tab marked “BMC Video”)
Mission Organization
Ghana Baptist Convention in partnership with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board
Minimum Time Requirement
4 weeks
Location
Baptist Medical Centre is located in the town of Nalerigu in rural northwest Ghana.
Profile
Baptist Medical Centre is a 180+ bed hospital and there are approximately 13 hospital buildings and 7 medical wards, including medical, OB/GYN, surgical, ICU, pediatric, isolation, and TB. There is currently no ER, but the hospital is open 24 hours a day to receive emergency cases. Approximately 200 to 400 patients are seen each clinic day (MWF). There is also a mobile dental clinic, staffed by Ghanaians, doing primarily extractions and cleanings three days per week. Expatriate staff includes (1) U.S. boarded family physician and (1) U.S. boarded surgeon. There are (4) full-time Ghanaian general practitioners.
Surgery
There are (2) major operating rooms and (2) minor operating rooms. On MWF (clinic days), minor operations are performed on those admitted. Elective surgeries are performed on TTH and emergency surgeries as needed 24/7. On average, 1,200 major surgeries and 2,500 to 3,000 minor surgeries are performed each year. There is no portable X-ray available in the operating room.
Anesthesia
Spinal, Ketamine, Propofol, and Local (Lidocaine, Marcaine, etc.). The only anesthesia machine is an old EMO machine. Monitoring equipment is available.
Radiology/Ultrasound
Ultrasound machine with linear array, phased-array, and vaginal probes. Digital X-ray is available. No CT or MRI capability.
Pathology
No lab on site.
Common Diseases/Trauma
TB, malaria, typhoid, arthritis, hypertension, and snakebite.
Lab tests
Malaria, Hepatitis A & B, HIV, and urinalysis. Other tests such as CBC (FBC), ESR, RA, blood type and cross, electrolytes, AST, TSH, and fasting blood sugar are available, depending on reagent availability. Lab tests are only ordered on patients admitted to the hospital.
Teaching
Opportunities for teaching by short-term volunteers are limited.
Travel/Orientation
Fly into the capital city of Accra. The following morning, fly to Tamale and then drive two hours to Nalerigu. Orientation includes staff introductions, a hospital tour, and a copy of the formulary.
Language
While English is the official national language, the major people group around the hospital is Mamprusi, whose language is Mampruli. There are more than 10 other languages spoken in the region.
Charting
English. Translators are available for patient interaction.
Time Difference
+5 hours Daylight Savings Time (EST), U.S.A.; +4 hours Eastern Standard Time, U.S.A.
Climate
The rainy season is May through September. The harmattan, a dry desert wind, blows from December–February. The average daytime temperature is 92°F.
Housing
Housing options include several houses and a central guesthouse. The guesthouse has five bedrooms and four bathrooms with hot, running water. Some bedrooms have air conditioning. Washers and dryers are available.
Food
Lunch and dinner are cooked for volunteers. Breakfast items are available in the kitchen. Meals include basic American and Ghanaian foods.
For More Information
Contact Kandi Burgess by email or by phone at: (828) 278-1575.