THE STATE OF THE HOSPITAL
The Ghana Police Hospital was established in 1976 nineteen years after Ghana attained her independence with the primary function of providing quality health care to the members of the Ghana Police Service and their families.
Since its establishment in April 1976, The Ghana Police Hospital has seen and worked with seven Medical Directors. The first Medical Director of the hospital was DCOP/Dr. Andani Andan. After him there have been several others.
Presently, Brigadier Gen. Dr. Jaswant Mante Wadhwani is the Medical Director of the hospital. He is being supported by the Administration which is responsible for the day to day running of the hospital. The Administration consists of an Administrator, Director of Nursing services, a Director of Finance, a Director of Audit and the Public Relations Officer.
The hospital in its present state can boast of the following departments and units.
The hospital records department which is responsible for the confidential safe keeping of individual folders and cards.
The Out Patients Department (O P D) is the main reception of the hospital. It also serves as an emergency center. The OPD which is the gateway to the wards also serve as the referral point to and from the other health institutions.
The OPD consists of four consulting rooms, a reception desk, dressing and injection room. Other facilities are two observation rooms with a bed capacity of six, an isolation room and a resuscitation room as well as a P.O.P room where Plaster of Paris is used to form a cast around broken bones of patients for it to heal within a stipulated period of time. The P.O.P unit is actually a place where trauma cases involving the bone are treated. This unit is vibrant in the provision of health care and saving lives.
The X- ray laboratory also takes care of the various radiologist diagnoses. The hospital’s medical laboratory is also available for laboratory tests of all kinds.
The Anesthesia department has also seen major changes in the set up and delivery of Anesthesia in the Police Hospital. The department provides a 24hour Anesthesia cover for the hospital and major cases like General Surgery, Obstetrics, Gyaenacology, Urology and Trauma. It also covers other minor cases as well.
The hospital has about six (6) wards these are , executive, male, female, maternity, children’s and the OPD ward which admits cases that need urgent attention in other to stabilize or monitor patients closely.
The Public Health Department also handles family planning issues, pre – natal, anti – natal and post - natal issues. It also has a Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) center for Human Immune Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
There is a physiotherapy department and an Electro Cardio Gram machine that is used for electro cardiothoracic diagnosis.
In addition, the eye, ear, nose and throat (E.N.T) as well as the dental clinics are all specialized clinics which ran concurrently to assist patients.
The Ghana Police Hospital now operates a dialysis centre for patients with renal failure. There is also a Social Services Department (SSD) which collaborates with the Social Welfare to attend to the medical needs of missing, abandoned as well as victims of rape and defilement.
There is also a dispensary unit which sees to the day to day dispensing process of out - patients and in – patients and various wards to ensure that the right medicines get to the right patients at the right time.
The hospitals pharmacy department engages in clinical activities of the department and promotes rational drug therapy and relevant information on drugs to patients and health professionals. The chemist also provides essential drugs for those with special problems and non- National Health Insurance System (NHIS) holders.
The hospital also has in addition to these departments, the quartermaster store which is responsible for the supply and management of all police accoutrement for both police and civilians. It also supplies non - drug and dressing items for works and maintenance.
The hospitals mortuary cannot be left out considering the important role it plays in the hospital. The mortuary has two fridges in the cold room. The known fridge is used to preserve deceased persons with relevant information about their families. On the other hand the unknown fridge preserves deceased persons whose relatives are not known. Some of them are mostly paupers, mentally challenged, victims of accidents and others. Both the police and civilians are kept and preserved in the hospital’s mortuary pending burial.
The Pathology Department also continues to provide services in accordance with it’s mandate by not only preserving corpses but also conducting autopsies when authorized by the Coroner. This helps to deepen and expand the frontiers of knowledge on most common causes of morbidity and mortality. The department is headed by a Cuban Pathologist under the supervision of a Senior Police Officer. The pathology department also offers a platform for recruits and other trainees to study issues on post mortem.
Again, the Police Hospital also has a Gyaenacology and Obsterstrics Department with qualified and experienced doctors. The department takes care of pre – natal, anti – natal and post - natal complications. Referrals from private mid- wives and other institutions are also handled by the department.
By dint of hardwork on the part of the doctors and midwives, the head of department ACP/Dr. Amo Mensah was commended for his devotion to duty by the Ghana Registered Mid – Wives Association (GRMA). With assistance of the experienced and qualified nurses and mid –wives, the Police Hospital’s maternity ward was adjudged the best in the provision of assistance to pregnant women to ensure safe deliveries. This was as a result of a survey conducted by the Consumer Protection Agency in Ghana in the year 2010.
The Pediatric Department also consists of the Pediatric Out – patient Clinic and the In – Patients Clinic/Pediatric Ward. The unit is run by two Pediatricians with the assistance of a team of nurses and paramedics. Several medical officers have been trained at the pediatric unit.
The pediatric unit also runs a special clinic for children with cases like sickle cell, Asthma, and neuro – pediatric clinics with emphasis on convulsion disorders.
It should be noted however that, the Ghana Police Hospital has also had a very cordial relationship with the media through its image enhancing campaigns by the hospital’s Public Relations Department.
The gesture of providing quality healthcare has not been limited to the personnel and families of service personnel alone. It extends to the general public and members of sister security services like the prisons, immigration, fire services and other security companies.
The overwhelming patronage of the facility by the general public has been as a result of the rich and qualified health workers of the hospital and by dint of their hard work.
In conclusion, the Ghana Police Hospital has since it‘s establishment saved several lives and provided quality healthcare to both Ghanaians and foreigners and will continue to professionally deliver quality service to its clients.