The Department of Family Medicine is also the first port of call for most patients in UPTH and offers patient-centered, comprehensive, continuous and coordinated care 10
to patients irrespective of age, sex and disease entity in the context of the family and society. The doctors, nurses and ward maids all work in synergy to ensure the smooth running of the department and to achieve maximum patient satisfaction.
Scope: Health promotion, disease prevention, curative and chronic disease management. Appropriate referrals to various subspecialties are made when necessary.
The Department started as the General Medical Practice headed by Dr. Rowland Vincent. It became the Department of Family Medicine when it gained accreditation in 1987 for the training of Resident doctors. Dr. Dienye P was the first resident to have FWACP(Fam.Med) in 1997 and Drs Ebenezer and Briggs IR were the first residents in the department. Training in the department has been progressing very well and this has culminated in all our residents who attempted the part one examinations of the postgraduate colleges passing. Hence the Department winning the best Department award for two years 2001 and 2005. Two of the residents from this Department had received the best dissertation award from the West African College of Physicians (WACP). Dr. Ukot Inyang was the first Family Physician to be Head of Department. The following were previous HODs of the department: Dr. Rowland Vincent, Dr. Ukot Inyang, Dr. Ihekwaba A.E, Dr. Jamabo R.S, Dr. Dienye P., Dr. Akani AB, Dr. Judah F, and Dr. Onya O.N. Dr. Ndukwu G.U. is the current Head Of Department.
The Department has a waiting area, consulting rooms, injection room, observation room, library, seminar room, and offices.
The NHIS clinic and the Federal Secretariat clinic are under the Family Medicine Department.
The Family Medicine Department sees all patients coming into the hospital for the first time who are not accident or emergency cases.
The routine work done in the Family Medicine Department includes:
- Consultation of outpatients.
- Sorting out of patients and referring such patients to other specialty departments for specialized care.
- Treating patients who have a non-emergency ailment
- Giving of health talks to the patients and counseling them.
- Taking high vaginal swab, wound swabs and giving of injections.
- Running of the NHIS/Staff clinic
- Running of the NHIS/Federal Secretariat Staff clinic in Port Harcourt
Our mission is to provide quality primary medical care to all patients who come to the Family Medicine Department of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.
Our vision is to provide affordable, available, affable primary medical care to patients at specialist level by doctors who are very disciplined and human, hoping to achieve this by the years 2019.
For more details on the scope of work see UPTH Service Charter.
For Protocol of service; see UPTH Service Charter.