Aga Khan University Hospital to Conduct Free Covid-19 Tests For Inpatients

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Dr Chesimet Legson, a Senior House Officer at Aga Khan University Hospital's Accident and Emergency Department collects a swab sample from a patient for COVID-19 testing.

Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi (AKUH,N) is now conducting free Covid-19 testing for all our In-patients, Surgical and Day Surgery patients as part of the safety measures to provide a safe environment for all patients and staff.

This will enable us determine the best approach to care for our patients including the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during their stay in the Hospital hence enhance the safety of patients and caregivers.

Since the onset of the pandemic, AKUH,N has remained in consultation with the Ministry of Health, our medical staff and experts in our Infectious Diseases Department to ensure that we have a safe environment of care for our patients, visitors and staff. During this period, all our services have continued uninterrupted both at the Main Hospital in Parklands and Outreach centres.

As part of our safety measures, everyone visiting our facilities (the Hospital and Outreach Centres) is screened on entry and their temperature measured. All persons must wear mask and sanitise their hands before entry into the facility. Other measures we have taken include:

§  Establishment of a disinfection team which is specially trained by our Infectious Diseases experts, to clean and disinfect the Hospital and clinics 24 hours, 7 days a week,

§  Limiting the number of visitors to the wards to one (next of kin) for a maximum of 30 minutes. Should the visitor need to stay longer, an arrangement can be made in consultation with the respective ward Nurse Manager,

§  Putting up additional waiting areas to ensure proper social distancing. Appropriate channels of communication have also been introduced to manage patient flow through their appointments,

§  Creating a one-way path of travel in and out of the Hospital, 

§  Establishment of telemedicine for patients who might benefit by reduced person-to-person contact or need just a follow-up. This service is augmented by mobile laboratory and pharmacy delivery services, with both services offered at no additional cost,  

§  Installation of plexi glass in the patient registration areas,

§  All staff have been issued with masks, digital thermometers and individualised portable hand sanitisers to ensure their hands are sanitised throughout.

Please check  www.aku.edu/akuhn for additional information or call our 24-hour hotline +254 (0)709 931 700 for personalised consultation.

We would like to thank our healthcare heroes – doctors, nurses and support staff – who continue to go above and beyond their call of duty to ensure that all our patients receive safe and quality care. We recognise that we would not be successful without them.