The Malta Foundation Programme will run in a series of Teaching Hospitals as well as Health Care Centers.
Mater Dei Hospital is a state of the art public hospital in Msida, Malta. It is the main government funded teaching hospital in Malta. It opened its doors to the public for the first time on 29 June 2007. The 250,000 sqm complex with a total of 7,156 rooms of which 6,700 are equipped with state of the art medical equipment, includes 25 operating theatres and 906 patient beds.
Every patient in Mater Dei hospital has access to TV, Internet, radio and telephone from their own bed at a minor cost. Other facilities include a nurse call system (which is similar to an intercom system), and a CPR button, which is directly linked by a pager to the cardio-pulmonary resuscitation team.
It is here where most of the teaching and training of Foundation trainees will occur.
Within Mater Dei lies also the Malta Medical School with all its teaching facilities. A Post-graduate Training Centre is also present. This centre houses the Malta Foundation Programme Office as well as the Specialty Training Offices, and teaching facilities.
Mater Dei hospital is also the teaching hospital used by all medical, dental and pharmacy students for their clinical attachments, lectures and tutorials. Out of the 585 medical doctors employed in the new hospital, over 120 consultants, who are responsible for a firm, are involved in the teaching of our students and doctors. Most of these doctors have had Assessor training for the Foundation programme. An encouraging number of Consultants and Resident Specialists have also voluntarily undergone Educational Supervisor training.
A new Oncology Centre is currently being built and developed adjacent to Mater Dei Hospital. It is expected to have 74 beds and a floor space of 22,000 square metres.
Boffa Hospital is an Oncology and Dermatology hospital. Foundation doctors will also receive training at this hospital within the mentioned specialties. Services are meant to migrate to a new site near the Mater Dei site eventually when a new hospital is built. In the meantime, services will continue from Boffa hospital which has enviable stunning views over the Grand Harbour, which both patients and staff enjoy thoroughly.
Karin Grech Hospital provides Geriatric rehabilitation services. Along with St Vincent de Paule Residence, they provide the main framework of geriatric services in Malta.
Karin Grech Hospital's role within the health care system of Malta remains that of a specialized medical unit for the care of the elderly. Its main objective is to provide specialized hospital based services for those frail and ill elderly whose medical problems are complicated by functional and social factors and who want to continue living in the community. The assessment, rehabilitation and management of patients is carried out by an interdisciplinary team led by a consultant geriatrician. The core members of this interdisciplinary team include doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, pharmacists and speech therapists all working together with the carers according to the wishes and needs of the clients.
Foundation doctors will be assigned to have training and deliver a service within these geriatric units.
Mount Carmel Hospital provides Psychiatry in-patient services in Malta. Together with an Acute admitting short stay ward and an Out-patient clinic at Mater Dei Hospital, the Psychiatry service provides support to patients with mental health problems.
Psychiatry is an important component of Foundation training and trainees will also be in a position to undergo training within this specialty.