Department of Family Medicine

FAMILY MEDICINE

Welcome to the Department of Family Medicine, National Hospital Abuja. Our department is one of the most modern Family Medicine centers in the country and we offer a full spectrum of training for residents in Family Medicine .We are also committed to conducting research in academic and health care setting.

Our team of dedicated professionals are trained and well equipped to provide you with high quality and the state of the art healthcare.

The Department of Family Medicine, National Hospital Abuja was established in June 2006 following the appointment of the Pioneer consultant in Family Medicine, the then Head of the General Outpatient Department (GOPD/GPOPD), Dr. Ify Monye.

The GOPD which had been in existence as a unit under the department of Internal Medicine since inception of the NHA in May 1999 grew in strength and stature with the addition of the care of all general paediatric outpatients (GPOPD), in June 2005.

Subsequently, the staff strength and patient load grew and the unit required robust administrative transformation in order to meet the ever growing needs of doctors, for postgraduate training and patients, for optimum quality of healthcare delivery.

With the active support of the then chairman of the hospital governing board Barrister Elayo, the Chief Medical Director Dr. Z.O Ajuwon and the unwavering dedication and commitment of the head of the GOPD/GPOPD unit Dr. Ify Monye, the Department of Family Medicine was created in June 2006. It consisted of the GOPD, GPOPD, Private Wing, NHIS and Staff clinic.

The initial team of doctors were one consultant , two senior registrars, one registrar and 4 principal medical officers.

In November 2006, the National Postgraduate Medical College gave full accreditation to the department and in November 2008, the West African College of Physicians gave full accreditation for postgraduate training to the department.

The scope of the department has expanded recently (2007) to include the running of the PEPFAR/STC Unit.

In 2017 Triage part of emergency room was added to the department.

Currently the following units make up the department of Family Medicine.

  1. General Outpatient
  2. General Paediatric Outpatient
  3. Private Wing
  4. PEPFAR/STC
  5. NHIS (National Health Insurance Scheme)
  6. Staff Clinic
  7. Triage

 

The department not only provides excellent clinical services but is also an academic department committed to teaching, training, research and the promotion of excellence in Family Medicine.

As Family Physicians we are the doctors of first contact providing quality, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated and affordable health care to individuals , families and populations undifferentiated by age , gender, disease or organ system.. We provide the health care needs of the individual in a holistic manner within the context of the family. We employ the biopsychosocial non reductionist systems approach in the management of our patients using the patient centered clinical model. Our staff maintain a high sense of responsibility in patient care medical ethics and the Family Medicine specialty.

Our consulting rooms are well equipped to enable us make prompt and accurate diagnosis with the help of our ultra modern laboratories. Our clean, serene and spacious waiting area is designed to provide extra comfort while you take your turn to see a doctor.

All our medical staff are continuously supervised by the consultants who are always available . We undertake regular assessment of our practice at our twice weekly clinical meetings to ensure we maintain high standard of care, employing protocols in evidence- based medicine to ensure we are at the cutting edge of best practice in Family Medicine.

TRAINING

We offer residency training in Family Medicine (Parts 1 and 2) where we teach the principles of Family Medicine to doctors training to become Family Physicians. The curriculum focuses on management of common diseases in an ambulatory setting, acquisition of surgical skills, in- patient care, principles of family dynamics and the prudent utilization of community resources. The programme offers ongoing experience in Family Medicine, coordinated training in Medical specialties and exposure to rural practice. Residents are expected to rotate through the departments of Internal Medicine, Paediatrics, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Anaesthesia, Orto-Rhino-Laryngology, Ophthalmology, Radiology and Laboratory Medicine, Psychiatry and Community Medicine.

The part 1 training starts with a candidate’s success in the primary examination and admission into the residency Programme of the National Hospital Abuja. Thereafter, he will undertake series of intensive postings lasting a minimum of 24 months at the end of which he would be eligible to sit for the part 1 examination.

The part 2 training starts with successful completion of the part 1 training including passing the examination .It also involves a series of postings for a minimum of 24 months, 3 months tutelage at a Private General Practice setting and attendance at research methodology courses and workshops.

All residents are expected to attend workshops in Family Medicine and update courses during the course of their training. It is also mandatory to attend all academic activities which include morning reports, clinical meetings, journal club, resident lecture series and presentation and consultants ward rounds.

The department has a seminar room equipped with a standard library, lecture board, projector and computer with internet facilities to facilitate learning in a conducive environment. We also have an active mentoring programme where each of the five consultants is assigned resident doctors whom he mentors by providing supervision, guidance, support and direction.

Research

We conduct and encourage health care and academic research to achieve excellence in patient care and community development.

Family Medicine Services

  • Comprehensive healthcare for patients of all ages.
  • Acute and chronic illness care
  • Preventive health services including family planning
  • Special services such as life style modification and dermatology
  • Co-ordination of NHIS patients
  • Organisation and presentation of health talks and consultancy services to corporate institutions

Clinical Activities

  • General Adult Out-patient clinic (Mon-Sat)
  • General Paediatric Out-patient clinic (Mon- Sat)
  • Staff Clinic/NHIS (Mon-Sat)
  • Private Wing Outpatient Clinic /fast track clinic (Mon-Fri)
  • Special Treatment (STC)/PEPFAR (HIV) (Mon-Thurs)
  • Triaging all patients coming into Emergency room(24hours a day 7days per week)
  • Dr Akin Moses – Minor Surgery (Monday)
  • Dr. Udo – Dermatology (Tuesday)
  • Dr. Ogunfowokan – Cardiology (Wednesday)
  • Dr. Ify Monye – Life Style (Thursday)

.Dr. Badamas HIV Clinic (Tuesday & Thursday)

.Dr. Nwoko Geriatric / adolescent Clinics (Tuesday & Thursday)

 

Consultation Hours

 

8a.m -4p.m on weekdays

4p.m-6p.m on weekdays

8a.m -1p.m on Saturdays and public holidays

 

Consultation Procedure

On arrival at every visit , register at the reception if it’s your first time or present your card to the medical records if you are an old patient, pay for consultation , obtain a number and then wait patiently to be called by a nurse before you see a doctor.

Arriving early at the hospital will ensure a shorter waiting time (time from arrival in the GOPD to when a doctor is seen) and patients who arrive late may experience a longer waiting time due to the large number of patients already waiting on the queue. However, we are fair and see patients on first- come first -serve basis though exceptions will be made for very ill patients.

Appointment System

All new patients should register and get an appointment at the reception. Although we try as much as possible to see new patients on the same day, sometimes we may have to book them for a later date, at the discretion of the triage team.

Follow-up patients are seen strictly by appointment. Please ensure you obtain an appointment for follow-up after seeing your doctor.

Please note that while every effort will be made for you to see the same doctor at every visit, a named doctor cannot always be guaranteed.

Staffing

Our staff of highly skilled, dedicated and friendly personnel include

  • 44 doctors consisting of six consultants in Family Medicine, 18 senior registrars, 17 junior registrars, 1 CMO , 1 principal medical officer and NYSC doctor
  • 33 nurses consisting of 7 assistant chief nursing officers,6 principal nursing officers, 3 senior nursing officers and 17 nursing officers
  • 7 health counselor
  • 13 record officers
  • 16 nursing assistants
PATIENTS CARE
 
As Family Physicians we are the doctors of first contact providing quality, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated and affordable health care to individuals , families and populations undifferentiated by age , gender, disease or organ system.. We provide the health care needs of the individual in a holistic manner within the context of the family. We employ the biopsychosocial non reductionist systems approach in the management of our patients using the patient centered clinical model. Our staff maintain a high sense of responsibility in patient care medical ethics and the Family Medicine specialty.

Our consulting rooms are well equipped to enable us make prompt and accurate diagnosis with the help of our ultra modern laboratories. Our clean, serene and spacious waiting area is designed to provide extra comfort while you take your turn to see a doctor.

All our medical staff are continuously supervised by the consultants who are always available . We undertake regular assessment of our practice at our twice weekly clinical meetings to ensure we maintain high standard of care, employing protocols in evidence- based medicine to ensure we are at the cutting edge of best practice in Family Medicine.

 

 
Research
We conduct and encourage health care and academic research to achieve excellence in patient care and community development.

Family Medicine Services 
• Comprehensive healthcare for patients of all ages.
• Acute and chronic illness care
• Preventive health services including family planning
• Special services such as life style modification and dermatology
• Co-ordination of NHIS patients
• Organisation and presentation of health talks and consultancy services to corporate institutions

Consultation Procedure
On arrival at every visit , register at the reception if it’s your first time or present your card to the medical records if you are an old patient, pay for consultation , obtain a number and then wait patiently to be called by a nurse before you see a doctor.

Arriving early at the hospital will ensure a shorter waiting time (time from arrival in the GOPD to when a doctor is seen) and patients who arrive late may experience a longer waiting time due to the large number of patients already waiting on the queue. However, we are fair and see patients on first- come first -serve basis though exceptions will be made for very ill patients.

Appointment System

  • All new patients should register and get an appointment at the reception. Although we try as much as possible to see new patients on the same day, sometimes we may have to book them for a later date, at the discretion of the triage team.
  • Follow-up patients are seen strictly by appointment. Please ensure you obtain an appointment for follow-up after seeing your doctor.
  • Please note that while every effort will be made for you to see the same doctor at every visit, a named doctor cannot always be guaranteed.
 

ADMINISTRATION
 
1. Dr Abba Badamasi –  Head of Department (HOD) Family Medicine

2. Dr. Akin Moses – Lead Clinician Post Graduate Training
3. Dr Udo- Lead Clinician Mentoring
4. Dr. Ogunfowokan- Lead Clinician Research
5. Dr. Peter Anga – Lead Clinician Resuscitation Training Dr Ify Monye –Lead Clinician Life Style Medical

6. Dr. D. Mwoko – Lead Clinician Geniatic Medicine
7. Mrs. Aminu – Lead Nurse adult GOPD
8. Mrs. Binta Ahmed Karaye – Lead nurse paediatric GOPD- Mrs Ajah
9. Mrs. Zainab Idris – Lead nurse PEPFAR/HIV clinic- Mrs Yvonne
10. Mr. D.Y Musa – Lead Nurse Private Wing- Mrs Omotoso
11. Mr.Terah Ayuba- Supervising Medical Record Officer GOPD

12. Dr. (Mrs.) Monye –Lead Clinician Quality Assurance /Resuscitation Training.

Location
Our building is located in Block R, facing the Laundry section. This is in addition to the private wing and STC units

 

Contact Us
Telephone: (09) 234 2692
GOPD

GPOPD
PRIVATE WING (Ward)
PRIVATE WING (Clinic)
STC

 

Postal Address:
Dept. of Family Medicine,National Hospital Abuja
Plot 132, Central Business District (Phase II) P.M.B 425 Garki Abuja

 
     
   

 

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