There are 8 wards that provide nursing care at Chikankata Mission Hospital. These are:
A Ward (Maternity)
This is a maternity ward and includes ante natal care, labour and deliveries as well as post natal care to both mother and child. We have a Special Care Baby Unit for those babies who are premature or needing medical supervision. Our maternal mortality rate is one of the lowest in the country, although with the increase in chronically sick HIV+ mothers, we are seeing an increase in maternal mortality. All Obstetric cases above 28 weeks of pregnancy are also admitted in this ward. We have a Special Care Baby Unit for those babies who are premature and need special care like use of Incubators, special feeding before they start breastfeeding on their own or needing medical supervision. Our maternal and Neonatal mortality rates are among of the lowest in the country.
Bethany Ward (TB)
Bethany Ward is a Tuberculosis (TB) ward. Male and female patients with TB are kept on this ward which is an open access ward. Due to the opening of ART services, which include provision of ARVs the TB case burden has reduced drastically. At Chikankata newly diagnosed patients are admitted for a few days to begin treatment and offer information on TB to promote adherence to treatment and unfortunately, with the increase seen in HIV/AIDS there has also consequently been an increase in the number of TB patients. At Chikankata newly diagnosed patients are admitted for a few days to begin treatment and thereafter they are expected to follow the DOTS method of home treatment supervised by Trained Community TB Treatment Supporters. Patients who have failed to respond or have relapsed may well be admitted for longer periods. Within the TB ward lies the Chest Clinic (TB and Leprosy Clinic), whose function is to review TB and Leprosy clients. Staff also have an opportunity to do one to one counseling on any issue that individual patients may have and also emphasizing on adherence. This has made our defaulter rates low compared to other Hospitals.
Some Leprosy patients come late to the Hospital, sometimes not due to their own fault but misdiagnosis by staff in the rural clinics who are mostly not well trained in Leprosy.
E Ward (paediatric)
E Ward is our Children and Paediatric ward which normally treats and cares for children who are malnourished and suffer from other conditions such as malaria, gastro-enteritis, burns, asthma, fractures and AIDS/HIV and all other non Intensive Care Unit cases.
H&I Ward (icu & isolation)
This is an intensive care unit where critically ill patients are nursed. Some post-operative cases that need close monitoring are managed from this ward. It has 5 Intensive Care beds for acute and post operative cases and a further 5 rooms in the isolation unit for cases that require isolation.
J&K Ward (male surgical & medical)
These are two separate wards where all male patients are admitted respectively. However, they are run by the same Nurse in-charge and other staff working there. Our Hospital is still receiving Leprosy patients from across the country. These patients are equally admitted in these wards depending on their presentation (Medical or Surgical) accordingly.
L Ward: (Female)
L Ward is the largest ward with 45 beds and serves all female conditions (Surgical, Medical, Gynaecology and Obstetrical cases (if less than 28 Weeks of pregnancy).female medical and surgical patients.
Chikankata Mission Hospital has a main theatre and a smaller operations room for simpler procedures. With our two surgeons we offer a range of surgical services which include minor cases such as circumcision, bilateral tubal ligation, and skin grafting as well as more major surgery such as caesarean sections, laparotomies and hysterectomies.
The Nursing Services also manages our busy out-patients department (OPD), the Hospital Affiliated Health Centre. The Hospital Affiliated Health Centre deals with routine accidents and emergencies, children's clinics, ante natal care, postnatal care, hospital based family planning, maternal child care and has a regular STI clinic. The Filter Clinic deals with referred cases from OPD, such as patients presenting with diabetes, hypertention and fractures.
If patients require more specialized care they are referred to the third level hospital out-patients department. An ambulance is on standby to take patients to Lusaka (University Teaching Hospital) - UTH for routine and emergencies attention or consultation.
As patients recover they enjoy the beautiful view of the garden, just outside our wards.