Saturday, January 10, 2009
SATURDAY-10 JANUARY 2009-TB PATIENTS IN SEPARATE ROOM: QEH DIRECTOR
TB PATIENTS IN SEPARATE ROOM: QEH DIRECTOR
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has assured the public that none of its patients who are recovering are transferred to a ward for patients who are suffering from other illnesses.
“Patients who have recovered are not transferred or moved to share the same ward with patients that are suffering from other illnesses, such as tuberculosis (TB),”said QEH Director Dr Zuraidah Ahmad Babji.
She was commenting on the claims by a man that his son, who was discharged from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after undergoing treatment for a blood clot problem, was later warded at a male ward that was also shared by TB patients.
“Patients who have recovered and in stable condition will be discharged from ICU and transferred to other wards. Some will be transfered to the male and female respiratory wards, while TB patients will be relocated in a separate room,” she said.
Zuraidah also denied claims that the transfer of patients to other wards is due to space constraints at the QEH Tower Block and its adjoining departments, but merely to provide better care and service for their patients.
She said all hospital staff at the wards are well trained and will always provide proper care to ensure no infections will occur between patients at the same ward.