Maua Methodist Hospital is a vibrant and dynamic community that encourages continued growth in all spheres of life.
The Medical Department forms an integral part of Maua Methodist Hospital, providing excellent Medical care to our patients. The staff in the Clinical areas include:
- General Surgeon
- Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
- Internal Medicine Consultant
- Palliative Care Specialist
- Orthopaedic Surgeon
- Family Medicine specialist
We have 6 medical officers and 16 clinical officers.
Being an Internship Centre for Medical Officers and Clinical Officers in Kenya, we place a high premium on training.
We currently have 5 medical officers and 10 clinical officers doing their internship this year.
Our strengths include:
- Continued dedication to education, especially as a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) accredited institution by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board
- Availability of Consultants in various departments
- Being a Mission Hospital offering service for a large part of the Meru region, the patient load allows for wide and varied clinical experience
- Availability of Surgeons to provide emergency Trauma care
- Diversity among the team members which enhances unity and allows learning from each other’s experiences
Areas that offer opportunities for improvement and in which we would appreciate input include:
- Need for volunteer doctors in various fields especially Paediatrics, Pathology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Surgeons of Different Specialties
- Development of Postgraduate training in Family Medicine and General Surgery/Orthopaedics
- Strengthening research – we look forward to making Maua Methodist Hospital a Centre of Excellence in Research.
The In-Patient services are:
- Female ward
- Male ward
- Maternity wards
- Paediatric ward
- Theatre (OR)
This is a unit with a capacity of 50 beds. Any female patient over 16 years is admitted with medical, gynaecological or surgical conditions. The common conditions include gastritis, hypertension, diabetes, asthma and pneumonia among others; fractures and trauma from road traffic accidents especially motor-cycle accidents, cuts from assaults and diabetic wounds. Currently cancer cases are on the increase.
We have a challenge in diagnostic equipment (e.g. CT scan) as most of the patients needing this are referred to other health facilities.
We hope to develop a High Dependency Unit and then a renal unit. We will need to have specialised staff trained to work in these units.
The unit has a bed capacity of 52. The ward admits all male patients with medical and surgical conditions who are aged 16 years and above. The majority of patients admitted to male ward have traumatic injuries caused by road traffic accidents or assault. There is a section for patients with burns.
Our vision is to have a 4-bed High Dependency Unit. One of the nursing staff is in training for specialised critically ill patient care. We also hope to have CT scan available.
This is a unit consisting of Labour and Delivery ward, Ante-natal and Post-natal ward and Newborn Baby Care Unit. All services are offered by highly qualified and committed professionals who are passionate about their job.
They are updating the wards to provide an improved environment for mothers with insurance and those requesting for private care.
The paediatric ward nursing team is led by Sr Florence Gitonga, a trained Paediatric Nurse (KRPN) who has been in charge for the past 10 years. The nurses work closely with the Paediatrician and other medical staff to serve all children under 16 years of age. The main diagnoses of the children include pneumonia, tonsillitis, malaria, hernias, and neonatal sepsis.We plan to develop private services in the near future.
There are three Operating rooms.
Every day is operating day. We carry out general surgery, obstetric and gynaecology surgical procedures, endoscopies and much more. There are planned (elective) surgery and emergency surgeries.
We have a CSSD supplying sterile equipment for the entire hospital but run by the Theatre staff.
This is a big department that is key to out-patient services and is poised for better service delivery after the on-going restructuring is completed. Key units have been upgraded in terms of infrastructure and staffing as well as capacity building.
The hospital is running a training programme that our staff are benefitting through scholarships on HIV care management, TB Care as well as palliative care trainings. This is increasing the publicity of the hospital since other hospitals within the county and beyond are benefitting.
The department offers specialised clinics in Surgical, Gynaecological, Diabetes/Hypertension, eye and dental services which are well utilised by the community.
Emergency services are provided in a well set out, spacious and accessible casualty area.
The outpatient pharmacy is well set out, with spacious and well-arranged booths with a spacious waiting bay.
We have started private clinic services in well-built consultation rooms and spacious waiting bay to cater for the business and corporate clients. The clinic is picking up well and is poised for steady growth.
Our Departmental vision moving forward
- Complete the new OPD reception waiting area to improve patients flow and comfort as they wait for service delivery.
- Double our current OPD reviews.
- Increase the number of private clinic patients reviews and private care admissions.
- More community and patients enrolled in NHIF and using the OPD NHIF Scheme. We envision to enrol 100,000 community members into the scheme who will utilise our OPD and inpatient services.
- Continuous review of services offered to our patients’ satisfaction through exit surveys and action taken to improve the services.
- Training of specialist health care workers in various disciplines; Eye, ENT, Psychiatry, ICU care and psychological counselling services as we diversify our services and deliver quality services.
- Build a modern trauma care centre to meet the community needs who need specialised care following road accidents.
The Out-Patient Department offers the following services:
- Accident and Emergency
- Out- Patient clinic (general)
- Diabetic / hypertensive clinic
- Medical Out- Patient / Physician clinic
- Surgical Out- Patient
- Obstetric / Gynaecology clinic
- Paediatric out- patient clinic
- Private clinic
- Dental clinic
- Eye clinic
- ENT clinic
- Chest clinic
- Physiotherapy clinic
- Orthopaedic clinic
- Dermatology clinic
- Epilepsy clinic
- Nutrition clinic
- Maternal Child Health
The MCH unit has worked hard on educating communities so much that we have a reduced incidence of malaria and malnutrition. We are looking forward to starting a wellness clinic along side the normal Ante-natal, Post-natal, child welfare, and family planning services.
Comprehensive Care Clinic
Currently we have almost 2,580 patients in care in our programme and amongst this slightly above 400 are below the age of 24 years. Amongst this group 275 are young teenagers between the ages of 10 and 19 years. These challenging years of human growth, without the right approach to their treatment, there is increased number of defaulters in their appointment, missed drugs and this leads to poor suppression and eventual resistance to drugs.
We have developed age-based model of treatment which incorporates their needs. We have developed a Youth Centre with a focus on equipment and skill development tools that attract and appeal to this generation of young people.
This is an enormous vision that we are trusting God for. Furnishing the Youth Centre requires resources, for with plan to install things like smart TVs, play station, sofas, pool tables and mind engaging games like chess, monopoly – and also a small library.