Tutong hospital gets nod for research, teaching centre

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THE Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (PMMPMHAMB) Hospital in Tutong is now recognised as a teaching hospital and centre for research following an accreditation ceremony yesterday.

The accreditation will allow the medical institution to focus on initiatives aimed at providing better quality patient care, education and research efforts.

The awarding of recognition and accreditation by the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Science (PAPRSB IHS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) took place at a ceremony yesterday at the hospital premises. Officiating the ceremony was the Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof.

In his welcoming speech, Mohammad Sabri Hj Anuar, Acting Chief Executive Officer of PMMPMHAMB Hospital, praised the milestone achievement, noting it as appropriate for an institution celebrating its 15th anniversary.

He cited improvements to patient care and development of medical services and expertise as important foundation for the success of the hospital in attaining recognition as an institution capable of providing education and training to medical practitioners.

“For 15 years, the hospital has… provided better, higher quality and safer medical services to the people of Tutong district… I am confident, through leadership and collaborative work from all, we will see this endeavour through successfully,” he said.

William Chong Chee Fui, Medical Authority for PMMPMHAMB Hospital, presented the hospital’s teaching plan to UBD after giving a speech that introduced the concept of the “Teaching Hospital”.

In his introduction, Chong stressed the need for students to “interact with patients in the real world” as part of their teaching, alluding to studies that report the association of teaching hospitals with better quality of care, lower risk-adjusted mortality rates, extensive specialisations with treatment of rare and complex diseases, advanced technology and conduct of biomedical research.

“This hospital is ideal as a teaching hospital because of its size and conducive environment. There are over 130 inpatient beds covering a variety of specialties... It is the designated centre for infectious diseases, and has the National Isolation Centre. Our infrastructure includes a library, lecture and tutorial room,” he said.

Introducing the hospital’s teaching plan for UBD, Chong said, “We have established our clinical faculty to take on the role of teaching our next generation of healthcare students… made up of three main clinical faculties – Medical, Allied Health, and Nursing and Midwifery.” A booklet describing the faculty setup and proposed teaching plans for undergraduate students of PAPRSB IHS was also handed over.

Following the event, several activities were held to commemorate the hospital’s 15th anniversary, including the Excellent Service Appreciation Award for outstanding members of staff, an exhibition and a book launch.

A walkathon will also be held today at the car park area of the National Isolation Centre in Tutong.

The hospital also demonstrated several of its new medical offerings such as the cardiac stress test under its heart clinic and laser retinal photocoagulation for patients with diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

Two new surgical procedures were already introduced by the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon in April, the artero-venous fistula surgery to help patients with dialysis, and Port-A-Cath that aids chemotherapy and blood sampling.

The Brunei Times