HOSPITALS IN PAPHOS
REACTING TO A GLOBAL PANDEMIC
INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE KANIKLIDES
GENERAL MANAGER, ST. GEORGE AND BLUE CROSS HOSPITALS
Two leading Paphos hospitals St. George and Blue Cross Hospitals joined forces to create a unique and comprehensive medical facility for Paphos and the surrounding areas. Cyprus in Style Magazine catches up with George Kaniklides, General Manager of both hospitals who is responsible for the estate management and day-to-day running of both St. George and Blue Cross Hospitals. In this interview, George tells us about how they have reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic in Cyprus and what their plans are moving forward.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19?
Everyone has been affected by the difficulties of this new pandemic. My advice to all would be to be cautious and still take great care. Most certainly, it is best to keep our distance from each other, avoid crowded areas, wear protective masks when possible, and wash our hands frequently. If we all do that, then we are certainly going in the right direction.
WHAT MEASURES HAS THE HOSPITAL TAKEN TO PROTECT STAFF AND PATIENTS?
In both of our hospitals, we are very, very strict. At the entrances to both hospitals, we have a staff member who takes every single visitor’s body temperature. They also ask the visitor any relevant questions. We do not allow visitors to the hospitals during these times and only patients are allowed to enter. They must wear a protective mask. Through taking these measures, we have managed to get through the pandemic without any problems. In this way, we are protecting both our staff of medical specialists and our patients. This is our absolute priority. Both hospitals are regularly sterilised. It was St George and Blue Cross Hospitals and another one hospital in Paphos that provided medical cover for the people of Paphos when the General Hospital was out of order due to the pandemic.
DO THE COVID-19 MEASURES ALSO APPLY TO YOUR PRIVATE AMBULANCE SERVICE?
The protective measures we have introduced to the hospitals also apply to the ambulances and our medical teams. We have developed this service from a single initial ambulance to five today. We also have two wheelchair cars and a wheelchair minibus. Membership of our Ambulance Service gives people peace of mind, especially through this pandemic when people are worried. If they need an ambulance and medical specialists, we know where our members live as our emergency ambulance staff have already been out to check the address of the property.
HOW MANY MEDICAL SPECIALISTS DO YOU HAVE AT THE HOSPITALS?
We are working closely with over 80 doctors in both hospitals. We have medical specialists in all areas of medicine so we can treat our patients under our care for every medical condition. We also have an extensive Physio department with four physiotherapists who work with our patients in recovery.
WHAT MAKES THE ST. GEORGE AND BLUE CROSS HOSPITALS DIFFERENT?
We are continually striving to improve our services and make the latest medical techniques and equipment available to our patients in the Pafos region. Our priority is to care for our patients and to help them recover from any medical incident they may have suffered. Examples of our unique services include having the only lithotriptor in Paphos and Limassol. This is used by our leading Urologist Dr Economides to destroy kidney stones by sonic waves. It is the safest and most comfortable way to treat this issue. We are also very proud of our newly-opened Paphos Interventional Cardiology Centre under the direction of the respected Cardiologist Dr Andreou.
TELL US ABOUT THE NEW RENAL UNIT AT THE HOSPITAL.
The new renal unit has been slightly delayed due to the current situation. We are aiming to open following the final approval from the Ministry of Health. We are incredibly proud of the new Renal Unit which is based on the 3rd floor of St. George’s Polyclinic. This will be a dedicated space of 300 square metres for kidney patients. The unit will have 12 beds with brand new equipment. There will be two doctor’s offices there supported by a full team of experienced medical professionals.
The patients will have access to a TV through headphones so as not to disturb other patients. This will help them pass the time while they have their treatment which can take up to 4 hours. We are also planning to offer a transfer service for our patients which will be available at a low cost to pick up and drop them back home. This service can accommodate wheelchairs. Eventually, when we have enough patients coming from a particular geographical area for treatment, we aim to introduce a minibus service. Our main motive at the hospitals is to make the treatment as easy and as comfortable for our patients. We are always striving for this through all medical specialties.
Two of the most recommended hospitals in Paphos, St. George and Blue Cross Hospitals are continually striving to improve their medical services with over 80 doctors and over 100 healthcare professionals working across both hospitals. Medical Specialists are based at the two sites to cover all areas of medicine. With their combined experience, expertise, resources, and their state-of-the-art medical equipment, they can offer the highest standard of medical care. As George concluded, “We never rest and are always adding onto and upgrading our medical services.”
Published by Cyprus in Style August 2020 – #InStyleBusinessNetwork