JERUSALEM* HOSPITAL, SYRIA
We have vision to build a 150 bed, not for profit, critical care hospital in Syria, in an area where the poor cannot access hospital care in a medical emergency. It will provide a high level of specialist intensive care services in additional to emergency care and other general medical and surgical services.
This will be a teaching hospital equipped and staffed to a standard that we can train doctors and nurses with the skills and knowledge needed to provide the highest level of intensive care services in Syria. As an estimated 2 out of 3 healthcare professionals have fled Syria, the medical profession lacks specialist experience to teach and equip the next generation of medics.
Specialists are needed in Syria and our efforts will be focused on training the new generation of doctors and nurses who are studying now in addition to developing the skills of the medical professionals who have chosen to stay and serve their people during this crisis. These professionals need hospitals with good resources and equipment that can offer them a career and a future, and most importantly, a reason to stay and be part of the solution to the crisis in Syria.
The ordinary people in Syria also need hope that they can access medical care in their darkest moments, when other hospitals in the area close their doors to the poorest and most desperate.
We have purchased land in a safer zone on the outskirts of an area which has seen a great deal of conflict, but this pocket has remained untouched. This general area is the calmest it has been since the start of the conflict and it is ideally situated in Syria to be accessible to people from other areas of the country who need critical care.
It will serve an area where an estimated 1 million people are served by just four private hospitals. Those private hospitals only treat patients who can pay for their care upfront, which is not an option for most in a country where 85% of the population are now living in poverty.
As things currently stand, people in Syria needing specialist care are increasingly seeking this outside Syria in neighbouring countries as they cannot trust or rely on the care available inside Syria now. But this option is only available to a select few.
We have started the first stage of this project building a field hospital from the containers we have sent to Syria. It will be made from 30 empty 40 foot shipping containers, and will be built on five floors providing 43 beds. There will be three operating rooms and six HDU/ICU beds. We will use three of the Meditainers that we have converted to boost this field hospital and provide the life-saving care that is needed here.
This field hospital will provide medical services and emergency care during the time it takes to design and build the new, larger, critical care hospital. We are hoping this will be able to provide some services from the early part of 2018. This field hospital will continue to form part of Jerusalem Hospital once phase two, below, is completed.
We are in the process of designing this purpose built, seven floor hospital. Our vision is to provide 150 beds (in addition to the 43 from phase one) with a focus on critical care: the provision of specialist intensive and emergency care services. A specialist intensive care unit, if properly resourced, is an expensive service requiring a significant amount of specialist equipment. It is a discipline requiring a high level of expertise and is one of the services that has deteriorated significantly in Syria since 2011.
Jerusalem Hospital will work on a not for profit basis providing free care for the poorest and most vulnerable. It will have a focus on education and training and our current estimates are that it will cost in excess of £6 million, although this figure is likely to change once we have final designs for phase two.
We are are keen to ask people to support us and to help us raise some of these costs. Every penny donated to this medical appeal goes directly to our medical projects in Syria as our UK team are all volunteers and we aim to eliminate the overheads that most charities in the UK would have.
* We don't expose the names of the hospitals, to protect our medical teams and facilities