The link between the Church of Uganda Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda and the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Trust aims to support capacity building of quality health care programmes in Kisiizi Hospital.

The link: Patient care is number one

The link between the two partners, focused on capacity building and staff development, has had a significant impact in numerous departments within the hospital. It is felt that the overall care has significantly improved through the knowledge received from the link and that staff, including management, are now happier to take responsibilities.

Making a difference: a ‘hands-on’ testimony

Moreen, the Infection Control Nurse at Church of Uganda Kisiizi Hospital, stated of the impact that the Link has had:

“The most significant change since we started our link with Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust I feel is the hand hygiene system that we have implemented at Kisiizi. The hospital has changed its ways by, for example, changing hospital beds and cleaning around the hospital. The impact really has been big.’”

“I implemented many things including introducing a hand hygiene system and ensuring soap was all over the hospital. After only three months of using the system, I was able to see considerable change and am confident to say that this included a 100% increase in everyone now using soap."

Another nurse, Justus, also spent four and half weeks visiting the Countess of Chester Hospital in the UK, to build capacity and share change of practices around nursing standards: “The visit was transforming – whenever I now do something, I am sure and confident with what I do. The capacity building involved in this link has been life changing – we all want to ensure we can serve our country, and the impact of opportunities from our link is huge. I am now able to raise my ideas with the ministries in the hope I will influence them.”

Dr Tonny Tumwesigye, link coordinator, echoed this success: “We are improving here. Each day, you see a change. One significant change is in the monitoring of patients through training of nurses – nurses are now keen to monitor and record any adverse effects on patients, including key parameters of patients.”

IHLFS Team, British Council Uganda