Strong emergency health services are needed to manage both the ordinary and extraordinary events that affect health, including natural disasters, epidemics and road traffic accidents. King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) volunteers are working with Connaught Hospital staff and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to strengthen emergency medicine and support it to be recognised as a national specialty area of practice.
To achieve this, Connaught Hospital with technical expertise support from KSLP has:
- Implemented a new triage system that effectively prioritises the assessment of emergency patients 24 hours a day
- Trained doctors, nurses, community health officers and students on the principles of emergency medicine
- Conducted research on the effects of Ebola on emergency medicine within Sierra Leone and internationally,
- Introduced improved trauma pathways and management.
All these new interventions are supported and sustained through the hospital’s revitalised and repurposed Emergency Department and resuscitation unit, opened in 2016, which formerly served as an Ebola Holding Unit.