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ERDF 319: Setting Up of a Medical Assessment Unit at Mater Dei

Project Cost: €9,796,888
Beneficiary: Ministry for Energy and Health
Line Ministry: Ministry for Energy and Health
Start Date: 2013
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

This Project is a health related investment which sees the setting up of a new Medical Assessment Unit at Mater Dei Hospital, consisting of two new wards with a total of 68 beds. This Project sees the implementation of a new, efficient and effective service of observation and management of acute admission to Mater Dei and is one of the coordinated initiatives taken by the Ministry for Health, the Elderly and Community to alleviate the challenge of waiting times encountered by patients at the hospital.

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: European Regional Development Fund
Priority Axis: PA6 Urban Regeneration and Improving the Quality of Life
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA6 Education, Social and Health-related Infrastructure

Project Objectives

The overall objective of this Project is to provide citizens with a better quality of life by improving health services at Mater Dei Hospital through the construction of a new and innovative Medical Assessment Unit. This Project will alleviate the challenge of overcrowding and waiting times experienced at Mater Dei Hospital in the past years hence offering patients a better service.Added ValueThis health related infrastructural investment will be of benefit to target groups (that is sufferers of chronic non-communicable diseases and acutely unwell persons) and to society at large, in the long term because in this innovative Project:(i) patients will start to be discharged as early as safely possible hence they will be offered a better and earlier service;(ii) patients will be discharged without having extra morbidity resulting in their being offered a better quality of life by letting them spend more time in the community and having more opportunity to be productive;(iii) they will benefit from a more efficient and effective service of observation and management of acute admissions to Mater Dei Hospital;(iv) The challenge of having patients waiting too long until a bed is made available for them in the wards will be addressed. Such waiting times go against Government’s health system principle of access to all, thereby potentially creating income based health inequalities;(v) There will be a reduction in the burden on the National Health system and National Health budget by having people staying less time at the hospital and living in a healthier state.Current service provision will also improve, whilst this new service will be introduced, potentially reducing the need for extended hospitalisation and waiting times. Through this Project Government is expected to meet better the needs of the service users and society at large.The initiative of increasing the ambulances fleet was to ensure that the Maltese population is given adequate access to the health services provided at Mater Dei Hospital. This investment will increase the quality of care given to all Maltese patients because: (a) they will be receiving quicker access;(b) they will be receiving prompt medical intervention at the site where the emergency occurs;(c) those that could not be transported from their homes to Mater Dei Hospital due to lack of resources that meet the demand will now have access to the service, whilst at the same time the service to be rendered to more urgent calls will not be compromised.

Project Results

• An addition of 68 beds• 4,136 patient throughput per annum in the new Acute Medical Assessment Unit• An additional fleet of 11 ambulances