Gozo General Hospital investigating why abandoned room was used for ECG

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

An investigation is underway to determine why an abandoned room at the Gozo General Hospital was used to carry out an ECG on a patient.

The room which was allegedly used to carry out ECG on a patient was not adequately cleaned and even had fans lying on the floor. This was made public by a social media user who uploaded photos to Facebook to highlight the state the room used was in.

Newsbook.com.mt reached out to the hospital which is managed by the American-giant Steward Healthcare. A spokesperson for the hospital said that this room had a different use until recent. It was then handed over to the Cardiology Department to carry out ECGs on patients. However the room had to be fixed before receiving any patients.

An Electrocardiogram or ECG records the electrical activity of the heart at rest. It provides information about the heart rate and rhythm, and shows if there is enlargement of the heart due to high blood pressure (hypertension) or evidence of a previous heart attack (myocardial infarction).

Healthcare workers at Gozo General Hospital have made use of this room to carry out ECG tests on Monday morning in order to reduce waiting time. However, the Gozo General Hospital is still investigating how come this room was used since it has not been properly fixed to welcome patients.

The hospital deemed the behaviour unacceptable. It apologized for any inconvenience caused to the patients.