Otolaryngology specialists gathered at the Radisson Aquatica on Tuesday for the 26th Annual Caribbean Association of Otolaryngologists Conference where they discussed how new minimally invasive techniques are saving the lives of their patients.
In his featured address, Chief Medical Officer Kenneth George said that it was an honour to address such an eminent group of head and neck surgeons.
“[This speciality] represents the cutting edge of medical technologies… as we know Ear Nose and Throat Surgeons have been at the forefront of the latest medical technologies and using minimum invasive procedures that are extremely common,” he told the distinguished ENT specialists, some of whom travelled from Italy to attend the conference.
In addition, George noted that the Department of ENT at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), despite their shortage of staff was having a high turnaround in the amount of days ENT patients stay at the hospital for treatment.
“The department of ENT at the QEH has a staff compliment of three consultants, one honorary consultant, one registrar and two senior house officers. There are three other ENT specialists who compliment the clinical work at the QEH. The statistical information from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the year 2018 showed that of the 600 beds, five were used for the ENT specialty. And those beds represent 1.3 per cent of the total hospital admission. The department has continued to perform with increasing efficiency and of special interest to the Ministry of Health is the potential for saving on hospitalisation costs and the fact that the average stay for the ENT patient is 4.5 days when compared to the overall average of the hospital which is nine days,” George said.
The Chief Medical Officer added that the QEH had received international accreditation from Canada.
“As you may be aware the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has completed a programme of accreditation by Accreditation Canada. This resulted in provisional gold accreditation and I therefore take this opportunity to congratulate the Chief Executive Officer and his team for their dedication and commitment to this process. In addition, I am happy to report that the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has received its aim for quality and excellence and with this they have been able to achieve Baby Friendly Hospital Status Award, Labortorary Accreditation and HACCAP certification to improve safety in our kitchen,” he said, adding that all nurses must now be registered and seek additional educational opportunities.
“Recently the cabinet has agreed to [the] registration of all nurses based on the evidence of continued professional development through continuing medical education. We are working towards similar standards for dental, pharmaceutical and paramedical [specialties],” he said. (LG)