The Accident & Emergency Departments (A&E) of the State Health Services Organisation (Okypy) constitute independent, specially configured and equipped sections of every hospital, staffed by permanent medical, nursing and paramedical personnel, specially trained to treat incidents that require emergency care and acute therapeutic interventions.
Staffed by highly-trained, experienced doctors
The A&E staff includes General Medicine Practitioners, Internal Medicine Practitioners, General and Orthopaedic Surgeons, highly trained in providing care for serious, major trauma and potentially life-threatening conditions in adults and children. Okypy’s A&E Departments are supported on a 24-hour basis by specialist and resident doctors from all medical specialties, who are readily available to respond wherever and whenever their assistance to the A&E is required.
A&E Departments provide Emergency Medical and Nursing Care to those who are in need of urgent medical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. A&E house Acute Inpatient Units, for short-term patient hospitalisations, treatment, or further investigation until the decision to admit or discharge the patient is reached. A&E Departments can, simultaneously, treat a large number of injured patients in emergency situations (extreme weather conditions, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, pandemics), in direct cooperation with the Ambulance Control Centre.
The A&E Departments of Gesy hospitals are highly organised, have the appropriate infrastructure and the necessary state-of-the-art equipment for the optimal treatment of severely ill patients, while their staff have the expertise to handle confidently and efficiently each incident. Each A&E Department is equipped with cardiographs, monitors, defibrillators, external pacemakers, ventilators, mechanical chest compression equipment (LUCAS), equipment for rapid laboratory results of critical tests such as blood gases, troponin, D-Dimer and electrolytes, equipment for emergency abdominal ultrasound in patients with multiple injuries (FAST), and portable equipment for regular X-rays.
Cooperation with other departments
All Imaging Departments (Regular X-rays, Ultrasound Department, CT and MRI), as well as the Clinical Laboratory (Haematology, Biochemistry) of the hospitals, cover the needs of A&E Departments on a 24-hour basis, providing all laboratory and imaging tests deemed necessary for each patient. Blood Banks of hospitals are available to the A&E Departments on a 24-hour basis, providing immediate service whenever an emergency need arises.
A&E Departments are located in the seven hospitals of Okypy in all Cyprus districts and available on a non-discriminatory basis to all citizens, throughout the Republic of Cyprus, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Additional information can be found at the Okypy webpage https://shso.org.cy/en/ dedicated to A&E Departments.