Introduction to the GHA
The Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) was set up under the Medical (Gibraltar Health Authority) Act 1987 and its purpose is to provide health care in Gibraltar, which is home to just over 29,000 residents. Gibraltar enjoys similar health, and standards of health care provision, to most Western European countries.
The Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) delivers Primary, Secondary and Mental Health Care in Gibraltar using a Healthcare model closely linked to the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom and for this purpose some tertiary referrals are delivered in the NHS as well as in Spanish Hospitals due to the proximity. The organisation is split into three sites with the administration based in the hospital itself. The hospital is a 30,000m² facility, which opened in February 2005. The GHA employs approximately 900 employees and handles approximately 37,000 A&E attendances, 40,000 out patient episodes and 90,000 GP visits on an annual basis. The GHA’s three main sites are the Primary Care Centre, St.Bernard’s Hospital and the King George V Mental Hospital. The GHA has an operating budget of around £90m per annum.
The GHA operates a Group Practice Medical Scheme, which is a contributory scheme and enables registered persons to access free medical treatment.
St. Bernard’s Hospital provides a comprehensive out-patients service and in-patient treatment for acute medical and surgical cases. With a total of 212 beds it incorporates a maternity unit, paediatric ward, surgical wards, medical wards, critical care unit, operating theatres, radiology, pathology, rehabilitation, ambulance and CSSD services amongst others. The hospital also includes two elderly care wards managed by the Care Agency. Facilities also exist for specialist medical services to be obtained outside Gibraltar where such services are beyond the scope of local resources.
Ocean Views is a 52-beded state-of-the-art modern facility designed by the Mental Health multidisciplinary team in partnership with service users, carers and support groups; it has been built specifically with our patients needs at the center of all the decisions’ taken.
A Primary Care Centre houses the General Practice Surgeries with 16 General Practioner’s and an average of 90,000 attendances per annum. Provision is also made for domiciliary visits. The child welfare and school medical services, which include immunisation and vaccination, the dental clinics and health visitors, are also housed in this Centre.
A programme of visits by consultants from the United Kingdom covers certain specialties that are not provided by staff permanently employed in Gibraltar. These include, for example, Paediatric Neurology, Plastic Surgery and Cardio-thoracic Surgery among others.
The Gibraltar Health Authority objectives are:
1. “To provide the highest possible level of health care to the people of Gibraltar and others within the resources available”.
2. “To improve and maintain the quality of care, the environment and the facilities within which care is provided for the people we serve”.
3. “To improve training, educational and other facilities for staff in order to assist them in their work of caring for people”.
4. “To ensure an effective and sensitive management for staff and patients so that people are treated with sympathy and courtesy”.
View or download the GHA Infographic April 2013