Juaben Hospital, a government municipal facility, is located in the Ashnati region of Ghana, in a beautiful location with plenty of greenery and rainforest. The hospital is designed to serve the people of the Juaben region, a diverse and wide-spread area, with many small and remote communities. Used to serve basic amenities for the population, more specialist care referred on to the larger hospitals in Kuamsi. The hospital lacks many resources, for example no resuscitation equipment and limited drugs but has a positive and welcoming environment.
The hospital has a male, a female and a paediatric ward, alongside a maternity unit and one operating theatre. It also has a pharmacy, out patients department, laboratory, and public health departments. The hospital takes nursing students from KNUST University in Kumasi, and has 1 doctor, clinical officers, and nursing staff.
The hospital is currently trying to develop a 24hour out- patient department. The hospital is always busy, serving a population of around 180,000. The doctor will undertake basic surgical operations but more complex illnesses/ surgeries are sent to the larger district hospital.
Any surgeon will be warmly welcomed but due to the limited facilities Obs & Gynae + a general surgeon would be most useful. The hospital welcomes elective students and is keen to teach and allow students to be involved with the community
The hospital is located around a 30min drive from the city of Kumasi, in the Ashanti region. Fly into Accra and take a bus to Kumasi, takes around 5 hours.
Available across the road, hostel with rotation nurses. A small fee is charged for accommodation, elective students should liaise with the hospital regarding costs.
4-6weeks is a sufficient amount of time, to get involved in the local community and hospital culture. But this will depend on personal preference.
I spent 6 weeks in Ghana altogether, 4 weeks working in the hospital and the travelled around the country after. This was the first time I had been travelling or nursing abroad but I had an incredible experience! Yeah Juaben is quiet, and remote and the accommodation is basic but the people are lovely and the hospital is a great experience! Also a good spot to use as a base for travelling and getting into Kumasi is simple, we went most weekends to see the sights!
Juaben and Ghana are a great choice and I’d love to go back soon!
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