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Hospitals in Cape Coast, Ghana

Praktikum und Volunteering möglich
 
In the following medical facilities in Cape Coast, we organise elective placements, nursing internships and pre-medical internships for students/trainees, as well as volunteering for healthcare professionals. The Cape Coast Central Regional Hospital as a teaching hospital for the School of Medical Sciences in the University of Cape Coast is recognised for final year rotations by most universities.
 

Project Details

 

Cape Coast Central Regional Hospital

 
The Central Regional Hospital is located in the inner city of Cape Coast. It is a large teaching and referral hospital in the nearby School of Medical Sciences of the University of Cape Coast, offering several disciplines. They include paediatrics, general medicine, surgery (separate for men/women), orthopedic surgery, oral/maxillofacial surgery, outpatient clinic, intensive care unit, emergency room, internal medicine, gynaecology, delivery room, neonatal intensive care, ophthalmology, dentistry, radiology, ENT, dialysis (dialysis with 6 units), diabetes clinic, combustion, asthma, RCH(Reproductive & Child Health), HIV/AIDS, kidney center, blood bank, pharmacy, physiotherapy, ultrasound and sonography with Doppler ultrasound and laboratory. It is one of the best equipped hospitals in Ghana.
 
Medical students and nursing students can perform a multi-week elective or internship, either in a single chosen subject area or they may rotate through several departments. You will work along with a doctor/nurse who will decide what tests and treatments you can conduct under their supervision, be it medication, applying and removing sutures, measurement of blood pressure/pulse/blood sugar etc., giving vaccinations and other assistance.
 
Since this is a teaching hospital, final year rotation should be recognized by the national audit offices.
 
Internships for trainees/students of physiotherapy are also possible.
 
Participants with no prior medical knowledge can complete a pre-medical internship at the Central Regional Hospital. Here, you accompany the staff and are informed of all operations.
 
Professional nurses and midwives with a degree, who wish to do volunteering at the hospital, need a temporary license from the Nurses and Midwife Council so that they can work with patients independently and without supervision of a local specialist. We assist in attaining this license.
 
Volunteering is also possible for professional doctors. They require a temporary authorization from the Medical Council, which we also assist with.
 
Working hours are usually Monday to Friday 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. with a one hour break. Those interested can also work on Saturdays and/or Sundays.
 
The hospital has very professionally and conscientiously maintained infection control and prevention guidelines according to international standards. PEP is available to students at all times and is promptly administered.
 
For each commenced internship quarter (i.e. every three months) a fee of 250 USD needs to be paid for the chosen elective. Please note that hence, you pay the same amount for a four-week internship as well as for a three-month internship.
 
Participants need to bring their own gowns and disposable gloves and are expected to be clothed in long pants and heritage trains covering their heads.
 
The bed capacity is currently 400 beds which is soon to be increased to 600. In the hospital, there are 98 doctors (three specialist doctors, 37 general practitioners and 58 hospital interns), 150 nurses, 84 nurses in training, 30 midwives, 12 biomedical laboratory technicians, seven pharmacists (soon to be ten), two physical therapists (soon to be five), five physical therapists in training and two medical technicians.
 
The Central Regional Hospital is the newest most modernly equipped hospital in Ghana. It works with the medical laboratory technology of the standards of the City of Atlanta. It has specialists in dentistry, surgery, pediatrics and gynecology. It has a 24 hour emergency room, seven large operating rooms and with six dialysis units, is the second largest dialysis center in Ghana. The vision of the hospital is to attain world-class leadership in the areas of research, teaching and patient care. To achieve this objective, the hospital participates in various international training and development programs.
 

District Hospital Cape Coast

 
Situated on the Atlantic Coast, the District Hospital in Cape Coast is one of the secondary level district hospitals. It has four wards: obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, general medicine and surgery (separately for men and women). In addition, there is a quarantine for tuberculosis patients and other highly contagious fevers, a station for outpatient treatment, a hospital emergency department (including two ambulances), a family planning center, ophthalmology department, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology department and outpatient department for traditional natural medicine. Dental examinations are to be offered from 2015.
 
The District Hospital has three operating rooms and a bed capacity of 130 beds, which are less than 50 % occupied because there are too many beds in the hospitals of Cape Coast. About 300 patients are treated as outpatients on a daily basis and about 2000 deliveries annually. In addition to three general practitioners, there are two junior doctors, 70 nurses, 13 midwives, a gynecologist (part-time) and a dentist (who currently exercises in other medical areas as well).
 
The outpatient department for traditional natural medicine is a pilot project, led by specially trained doctors. The treatments are based on scientifically proven medicinal effects of traditionally used native plants. Ambulatory patients can decide whether they want to be treated by conventional medicine or traditional.
 
Medical and nursing students can perform a multi-week elective or a nursing internship, either in a single chosen subject area, or they may rotate through several departments. You will work along with a doctor/nurse who will decide what tests and treatments you can conduct under their supervision, be it medication, applying and removing sutures, measurement of blood pressure/pulse/blood sugar etc., giving vaccinations and other assistance.
 
Professional midwives with certificates, who wish to complete a volunteering assignment at this hospital need a temporary license from the Nurses and Midwife Council so that they can work with patients independently and without supervision of a local specialist. We assist in attaining this license.
 
Irrespective of their length of stay, participants pay a fee of 200 USD to the hospital and should bring their own clothing and disposable gloves. The hospital management give the participants a commitment after having considered the resume, transcripts and letters of recommendation.
 

University Hospital Cape Coast

 
The University Hospital in Cape Coast is a very professionally-led and award winning hospital that covers a variety of disciplines and offers a variety of programs. These include inpatient and outpatient treatments in dentistry, ENT, surgery (separate for men and women), gynecology, prenatal, perinatal and postnatal treatments, physiotherapy, pharmacy, HIV/AIDS counseling, diagnosis treatments by laboratory findings, X-ray, ECG and ultrasound. In addition, the hospital offers more computing services such as conception counseling, health counseling for children, family planning, health education in communities and schools, a treatment station for students; it also has a mortuary.
 
While it is not primarily a teaching hospital of the medical school, it is a hospital that was founded to provide healthcare to the students and staff of the University. Today, the building is open to the general public. Since it is part of the University of Cape Coast, it is not subject to the Ministry of Health and the three-level reference system.
 
The University Hospital has a bed capacity of nearly 100 beds and 300 employees, including 13 doctors, five assistant doctors, 79 nurses, 16 pharmacists, 14 laboratory technicians, four radiographers, 50 nurses and five ambulance drivers and seven pathologists.
 
The hospital treats approximately 65,000 outpatients annually, has 2,800 hospitalizations, performs 900 surgical procedures and 1,200 births.
 
Medical and nursing students can perform a multi-week elective or a nursing internship, either in a single chosen subject area, or they may rotate through several departments. You will work along with a doctor/nurse who will decide what tests and treatments you can conduct under their supervision, be it medication, applying and removing sutures, measurement of blood pressure/pulse/blood sugar etc., giving vaccinations and other assistance.
 
The hospital has very professionally and conscientiously maintained infection control and prevention guidelines according to international standards. PEP is available to students at all times and is promptly administered.
 
Internships for midwives, apprentices/students of physiotherapy and nursing are also possible.

Volunteering for nurses, midwives and doctors up to a period of 3 months at this hospital is possible WITHOUT approval of the respective Councils, because the hospital is not under the Ministry of Health.
 
Professional midwives with certificates, who wish to complete a volunteering assignment at this hospital need a temporary license from the Nurses and Midwife Council so that they can work with patients independently and without supervision of a local specialist. We assist in attaining this license. Physicians who provide more than 3 months voluntary service need a temporary authorization from the Medical Council, for which we assist with the application.
 
For each commenced internship quarter (i.e. every three months) a fee of 300 USD needs to be paid for the chosen elective. Please note that hence, you pay the same amount for a four-week internship as well as for a three-month internship.
 
Participants should bring their own clothing and disposable gloves. The hospital management give the participants a commitment after having considered the resume, transcripts and letters of recommendation.
 
The University Hospital has been awarded the 2013 Ministry of Health’s best private hospital in Ghana. Besides the regular training for employees, regular projects in schools and communities are conducted on the following topics:
 
• Disease prevention measures (vaccinations, screening)
• Curative therapy
• Rehabilitation therapies (physiotherapy, speech therapy, social care and psychological counseling) 
• First - aid measures at meetings and events
• Health promoting education on topics such as rest, diet, exercise and hygiene at universities, festivals and on TV and radio commercials.
• Internships and training of employees on customer service, time management, self- awareness training, communication, etc.
• Every Wednesday the staff holds a lecture for all employees on a current topic. Every Thursday from 8.00 a.m. – 9.00 a.m., all physicians go by all departments and discuss the cases. Every Saturday, a keep fit program for the employees is conducted, such as Football tournaments.
• There is a regular exchange program with other hospitals for employees and physicians (eg. Accra)
• They work closely with the Department of Environmental Health, which expands the team by another 300 employees
• They have partner university programs with Yale and Liverpool
 
The hospital management effectively pursues the goal to train its employees as much as possible and attaches great importance to good work motivation and morale. Therefore, there is a positive atmosphere maintained. Although not very modern, this hospital has an extremely efficient system.
 
Info Box
General
Location: Cape Coast, Ghana
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 1 Week
Maximum Duration: 12 Months
Language Requirements: English
Accommodation:
House, Host Family
Internship
Supervision Possible: Yes
Qualification Of Supervisor: Specialist Doctors, General Practitioners, Nurses, Therapists
Minimum Qualification Of Intern: None
Further Contribution To Project: Yes, Central Regional Hospital: 250 USD per quartre or part of a quarter, University Hospital: 300 USD per quarter or part of a quarter, District Hospital: 200 USD one time
Volunteering
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: Professional Medical Specialist, Nursing, Therapy
Further Contribution To Project: None
Expectations:
Professional Conduct, Do you have the "right" attitude?
 
 
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