The Partnership

Basingstoke Hoima Partnership For Health

Our Aim "To work with the people of Hoima Uganda to improve the delivery of healthcare"

The Partnership

In May 2007, Jill Pellet, Senior Manager and Nigel Rossiter, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon visited Hoima to explore the possibility of Basingstoke & North Hampshire NHS Foundation  Trust working with Hoima Regional Referral Hospital to establish a link between our two units. This was followed by a very successful return visit to Basingstoke by three team members from Hoima, the Medical Superintendent, Senior Principal Nursing Officer and the Administrator in February 2008.

It was then agreed that we would explore ways of assisting the healthcare system in Hoima to improve the services it provides for people in that region. This led to a Memorandum of Understanding between the Partners in 2010.

This is how the Partners viewed the Link in December 2010.

Mary Edwards, CEO, Basingstoke & North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust

ME1I am delighted that my hospital is linked to the Regional Hospital in Hoima as we have seen so many benefits from the partnership.  Many staff have visited Hoima and learnt so much from their colleagues in Uganda, including the need to be thankful for all the specialist equipment and help they can call on in the NHS! Our objective from this partnership is to enable our skilled staff to share their knowledge and expertise with their colleagues in Hoima so that they leave a lasting impact that hopefully contributes to the health and well-being of the local community served by Hoima hospital.

Francis Mulwanyi, Medical Superintendent, Hoima Regional Referral Hospital

FM1Hoima Regional Referral Hospital is the referral hospital for 7 districts namely Masindi, Buliisa, Kiryandongo, Kyankwanzi, Kiboga, Kibaale and Hoima. The region has about two million people. The health care system in this region is weak and functioning sub-optimally due to a number of challenges. All health units are understaffed to handle the heavy patient load. However we can do better with the available resources.

This partnership is one of the best things happening to the region and can help improve our services. This has already started happening.

Training

We have had four conferences in which we have covered reproductive health, paediatrics and anaesthesia - topics very relevant to good patient care. The last conference covered Primary Trauma Care. In addition to this training which is tailored to our needs we have received one to one training on the wards and in theatre.

Scholarships

One of our clinicians is undergoing training in dermatology - an area where specialists are very scarce. One of our midwives is going to be sponsored in management and we hope her improved managerial skills will help improve maternity services through improved supervision. Both of these are being funded by BHPH.

Equipment and Medical Supplies

Desired equipment and medical supplies have been donated at every visit and we are very grateful for this. These are items we would otherwise not have.

Azur Health Centre

The partnership has helped nurture a good and healthy working relationship with Azur health centre. This will help provide better services for the people of the region.

Problem solving

Together we have identified problems and worked out possible solutions to be implemented together. Examples could be the use of the obstetric partogram  - a very useful tool in monitoring progress of labour. Another example is prevention of wound sepsis due to inadequate hand hygiene.

In conclusion we, the management of Hoima hospital, together with the staff  are enthusiastic about this partnership and pledge our commitment to make it work to improve the quality of services to the people of Hoima and the whole region.

In January 2012, Basingstoke & North Hampshire Hospital became part of the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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