To increase the standard of services and further strengthen the health care system especially for women and children, the construction of the $69 million Woman and Childrenís block for the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital has been completed with the key handover ceremony on December 18, 2014.
The project, part of the Ninth National Development Plan (RKN), is an 11-storey building with services specifically for women and children.
It aims to integrate the needs of all services of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Child Services under one roof, a building block that is more comprehensive, conducive and modern, can contribute to improving and strengthening the health care system for patients more efficient, effective and quality, in line with best practices and international standards.
Among the specialist facilities and services that the new block holds are a paediatric clinic, obstetrics and gynaecology clinic, and a children specialist ward that includes a general paediatric ward, a neonatal intensive care unit, a special care baby unit, a paediatric intensive care unit and a childrenís oncology ward.
The new block has 13 delivery rooms (suite), two operation rooms, postnatal ward, doctorís room, seminar rooms, prayer rooms, pharmacy, a cafeteria for staffs and the public.
To further alleviate parking woes in the hospital, the Women and Childrenís Block has two basement car parks. It has three drop-off points for passengers located at the front entrance as well as the ramps to parking lots at Basement 1 and Basement 2. The public will have access to the parking lot located at Basement 1 and Basement 2 with a oneway exit leading to the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Highway.
The RIPAS Hospital also provides three shuttle buses services that will take visitors to the Women and Childrenís Block before stopping at the RIPAS Hospitalís Outpatient Department from the bus stop situated near Jameí Asr Hassanil Bolkiah.
Dr Haji Zulaidi Haji Abdul Latif, Director General of Medical Services at the Ministry of Health, said another three express buses have also been added to the existing shuttle bus service for those wishing to do directly to the Outpatient Department.
For visitors planning to go to the Paediatric Clinic and the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinic, they are advised to use the drop-off point at the front entrance.
Meanwhile, the drop-off point at Basement 1 is for patients who will be admitted to wards at the Delivery Suite and ambulances. The same drop-off point is recommended for mothers who are due to give birth and require immediate service.
The drop-off point at Basement 1 features a lift that can be used to go straight to the Delivery Suite located on Level 1. Alternatively, mothers can go to the existing Accident and Emergency Department. Dr Haji Zulaidi also reminded the public, particularly family members intending to visit patients at the wards, to comply with the visiting times and rules. Visits are strictly limited to two visitors only for each patient at any given time.
Children below the age of 12 are not allowed to enter wards or units. Visitors are also discouraged from being noisy and should be considerate.
Visiting times for the General Ward are from 12pm to 1.30pm and 5pm to 9pm, whereas the Acute, Isolation, Intensive Care, Special Care and High Dependence Wards are open to visitors from 12pm to 1.30pm and 5pm and 8.30pm.
Any enquiries counter will be provided at the lobby, where directions and other information about the new block can be obtained. Ministry of Health( MoH) continues to improve and provide better service and care for the public. The Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Children under one roof, it will provide a more efficient, effective and a better quality health care system for the patients