The groundbreaking ceremony for the Ostomy Clinic Extension and new wing of the Gastroenterology Clinic at Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children took place today.
The ostomy care clinic is affiliated with the hospital’s gastroenterology unit. The duo form the first and only pediatric ostomy clinic and pediatric gastroenterology unit in Sri Lanka. Originally established in August 2019, the clinic has over 680 registered pediatric patients and has hosted over 5000 visits to date. The clinic, managed by Mrs. RL Chandraleka (Head of Nursing – Ostomy Care Clinic), was found to be severely under-spaced to cope with the volume of patients.
In an effort to improve patient care and provide better comfort, Professor Sharman Rajeendranath (Consultant Pediatric Gastroenterologist) last year requested assistance in developing a new wing in the premises of the hospital.
The development project, which lasted 10 months, was financed by George Steuart’s “Steuart Senehasa”, while the labor was provided by the Sri Lankan Navy.
The new wing was declared open by a patient of the clinic, under the patronage of Dr G Wijesooriya (Director – LRH), Professor Sharman Rajeendranath, Mr Dilith Jayaweera (Group Chairman – George Steuart & Company) and Mr Eran Ranasinghe (General Manager – George Steuart Health).
Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital is the largest free pediatric hospital in Sri Lanka, catering for children under the age of 14. The hospital was once considered the largest children’s hospital in South Asia.
George Steuart Health is one of the leading healthcare and wellness solutions providers in Sri Lanka. George Steuart Health is a member of the George Steuart Group, recognized as Sri Lanka’s oldest commercial establishment and a leading diversified conglomerate.