Outpatients Building at Harpur Memorial Hospital, Menouf
For over 100 years, Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf has provided compassionate healthcare to the people of Menoufia, a region in the delta of Egypt. Harpur Memorial Hospital is a full service hospital with 75 beds and 24-hour staffing.
In recent years as its medical services have improved, it has drawn increasing numbers of patients. In 2013, over 122,000 outpatients were treated; double the number of patients only 4 years earlier! The current outpatient building is one of the original buildings of the hospital, built in the early 20th century. It was not designed to accommodate the current patient load, which often exceeds 500 patients per day. The outpatient facility urgently needs upgrading to accommodate the continued growth. An international group of engineers have designed a new two-storey building, which will be constructed in three phases.
Because of the tremendous growth in the number of patients and the greater demands on the hospital outpatient clinic, I am asking you to help support a new outpatient department. The current building is seriously inadequate for the numbers of patients who come to be treated at the hospital each day, and urgently needs replacing. I invite you to partner with us.
The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa
President Bishop of the Episcopal / Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East
The Need for a New Outpatients Clinic
- Growth in outpatients
The existing building has the capacity to serve approximately 100 patients/day, making it seriously inadequate for current patient loads which often exceeds 500 patients per day.
- Lack of waiting areas
Due to insufficient waiting areas for outpatients, many patients are forced to wait outside or in the hallways. The hallways are narrow and are usually very congested, making it difficult to access the clinics.
- Lack of space for clinics
There are insufficient rooms for clinics for all the specialities and doctors. This shortage increases the waiting times and the number of patients the hospital can treat, and limits the specialty clinics that the hospital can offer. The clinics are also too small, especially when there is more than one patient being examined.
- Outdated facilities
The current building is one of the original buildings of the hospital, built in the early 20th century. Originally designed to be the inpatient department it was later converted to an outpatient clinic. The buidling has been extended, renovated and patched for years, but it is far too small and the wear is showing. The haphazard growth makes it difficult for the patients to find the clinic they need. In addition, the plumbing is inadequate, and water leaks into the building when it rains.
The New Outpatients Building
The design for the new clinic is a two-storey building (in blue below), which will replace the existing outpatient building. It is designed to efficiently accommodate the increased patient load, as well as future growth as the building can be extended up to seven floors. The needed facilities for the new outpatient building fall into three categories: clinical segments (9 separate clinical areas), core support (supplemental services shared by all clinical segments e.g. pharmacy, laboratory etc), and support services (e.g. kitchen, laundary, IT). The construction project has three phases, which are designed to keep all current services operational during the construction of the clinic.
The Project Costs
The projected cost of the project is £2.1million GBP. The Diocese has put £278,000 GBP of its own money into the project, and has succeeded in raising an additional £121,400 GBP.
We are seeking to raise the remaining £1.7million GBP to complete the project.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We cannot do this project alone! Although the hospital has raised and set aside a substantial amount of money, we do not have enough to fund the whole project.
Making a Donation
You can contribute through JMECA from anywhere in the world, and if you are in the UK and a Tax Payer we can claim Gift Aid on your gift.
for online donations
or send a cheque made out to J.M.E.C.A and send it to The Secretary, JMECA, 1 Hart House, The Hart, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7HJ
Alternatively you can donate via the Egypt Diocesan Association, which is also a registered UK charity.
Partner With Us
We are looking for partners who can support us to achieve this project. You can contribute by giving under one of three schemes detailed in the attached brochure (here).
Bishop Mouneer writes
The real litmus test of a hospital is not how many patients she sees—although that is certainly important—but what is the quality of care that a patient receives.
Thirty years ago the hospital treated approximately 2,000 patients per year. Since then the hospital has expanded and the number of outpatients has grown, especially in the last five years. In 2013, we saw more than 122,000 outpatients at Harpur Memorial Hospital. He attributes the good reputation of Harpur Memorial Hospital on a variety of factors:
well-trained doctors, nurses and staff who provide excellent health care at a very low and affordable cost.
the outpatient department which provides all diagnostic and curative services in the same day rather than admitting inpatients
the hospital plays an important role in building bridges between different faith communities
it is because the whole person is treated, not just the symptoms, the disease or the illness.
The hospital's outstanding work is recognised by those who visit, either as patients or visitors.
I live in Menouf and I have come to the hospital more than 50 times. All of the services, the lab, clinics, x-ray, and pharmacy are in one site. The doctors are very honest. They are better than the best. The biggest difference from other hospitals is the consultation with the doctors. I always feel listened to.
I like everything about the hospital. The atmosphere of the hospital is different than other hospitals. I live in a village in Menoufia and come to the hospital often with my 4 children.
I’ve come here many times. The treatment is good. The doctors are respectful and humble. In government hospitals, the nurses didn’t care and didn’t answer my questions. Here they make sure the patients understand. All the investigations are in one place which makes it easier for the patients.
I trust the diagnosis of the doctors at this hospital as they are very thorough. They show mercy to their patients.
Abdullah Moussa Khoukh
The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby
The Archbishop of Canterbury
Harpur Memorial Hospital is a great hospital which plays an important role in bringing about religious harmony. One of the objectives of the dialogue between Al Azhar al-Sherif and Anglican Communion is to co-operate together to play a positive role in development. This hospital is a practical interfaith initiative, where Christian doctors serve their Muslim neighbours through medical care.
The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Dr. John Sentamu
The Archbishop of York
“I visited Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf in 2009, and I was astonished by the number of patients that come to the hospital each day. I was also deeply impressed by the commitment of the doctors and nurses, who serve Muslim and Christian patients equally and live out God’s love in this region of Egypt. As the number of patients has continued to grow since I visited, I can see the urgent need for a new outpatient clinic.”