The Hospital is very busy and consults many patients per day. You'll get an induction on your first day/s at the hospital. You'll be introduced to the local staff and departments and arrangements will be made for your timetable. You'll be involved in the day-to-day running of the centre, observing the doctors and nurses where you can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and understanding of medical practice. You may be involved in general nursing duties, such as checking of temperature, blood pressure,general health care as well as laboratory duties, dispensing of drugs etc.
You'll do each department per week, depending on the duration of your program and, if you're there long enough, you'll get to cover all departments. If you plan on specialising in a particular field of medicine, we can try to arrange to place you in your relevant department, to ensure that you receive maximum experience in your chosen field.
Your work schedule may vary week by week depending on how busy the hospital is and where help is need the most at the time that you're there. You'll start work at about 8.00 a.m. or earlier, depending on the engagement with a doctor, and you'll usually finish at 4.00 p.m. Break time is at 12:30 for an hour.
IMPORTANT: This project is observation only – by law you cannot participate in or assist with patient care and/or any other activity which could put you and/or any other person at risk. However, if you're qualified, you may be able to assist far more.
In order to do this, you would first need to be in possession of the required qualifications, have the necessary experience to go with your qualifications, be registered for practising in Ghana, be registered at the medical centre/hospital and be insured to practise in Ghana. Without these legally required criteria, you won't be able to participate in any treatment of patients. You will of course be able watch and comment on the proceedings.
Role of a Volunteer/Intern.
- Your can range from observational to direct patient assistance, depending on their level of knowledge. An important element of these volunteer placements is being exposed to healthcare practices in a different culture, which can be a tremendous learning experience, no matter what your background might be.
- To work alongside local professionals observing different approaches to various conditions and treatments, and to assist with regular outreach work