Frequently Asked Questions

In response to repeated questions being asked, OHF has produced a summary document in support of the information previously available in the brochure and this website.

Why is it called the ‘Oxonian Heart Foundation’?

Why should we raise money for a private hospital?

What is the relationship of OHF with the NCH?

What is the guarantee that the unit will last in the long term?

Why should I donate money to this project?

Are there any back ups in place for medical complications?

How will the money set a side, be allocated?

What will happen if there are several patients who are unable to pay for the treatment?

Who will be overseeing the project in the long term?

What if is project doesn't live up to what it is expected?

What level of involvement will the trustees have?

 

Why is it called the ‘Oxonian Heart Foundation’?

Oxford is a well recognized name in Jaffna and globally for training and learning. In addition a large percentage of cardiac surgeons , nearly 50% have been trained in Oxford. Dr Ravi Perumalpillai is a consultant cardiac surgeon in Oxford for more than 22 years.

Why should we raise money for a private hospital?

Because this hospital will treat the destitute for free. Until a government cardiac unit is set up, this unit will be the only cardiac surgical service in the north, north central and east. There is little indication that the government will set up cardiac surgery any time soon.

The management of this hospital  will sustain cardiac surgery by providing the infrastructure crucial for the project such as the operating theatre and intensive care beds. Moreover, they will  meet the cost of specialist staff such as surgeon, anaesthetist, heart-lung technician and specialist nurses; estimated at  more than US$ 300K per year

What is the relationship of OHF with the NCH?

The relationship has two components:

They have signed a joint memorandum of agreement where the NCH has agreed to treat one patient free for every five paying patients.

The NCH will ensure sustainability of the service because the staff and infrastructural provision and maintenance and subsequent replacement of equipment is their responsibility.

The OHF will provide the initial funds for equipment, staff training and international support for start up of the programme. This is a seeding programme.

What is the guarantee that the unit will last in the long term?

The track record, ability and commitment of the NCH to sustain the service are self-evident. They have been responsible for the running of the Central Nursing home for more than 20 years during challenging times. They have a sustainable business plan for the hospital as a whole including other specialties.

Why do we need a cardiac unit in Jaffna?
The journey to the nearest cardiac surgical center is ten hours away. Hopeless in an emergency. At the moment patients come to Jaffna from the northern and eastern province with no problem. Jaffna is a major city and only the most backward cities in the world do not have cardiac surgery in this day and age. Many people abroad have relatives who will be helped by such a service.

Why should I donate money to this project?
As a charitable person who has extra money and wants to do good for a cause that will benefit people for years to come.  Your own relatives may benefit from having the services and this makes a difference and you would have been a part of this.

Are there any back ups in place for medical complications?

Yes. It is for this very purpose that our vision is for an independent world class- unit  set up with state of the art equipment and highly trained staff. This will allow all complications to be handled in house.

How will the money set a side, be allocated?

From the start $ 300,000 is for treating the destitute. In the long term the NCH has a contract with the OHF to set aside resources to treat the destitute.

What will happen if there are several patients who are unable to pay for the treatment?
From the start $ 300,000 is for treating the destitute. In the long term the NCH has a contract with the OHF to set aside resources to treat the destitute.

Who will be overseeing the project in the long term?
The OHF and Cardiocore for a 12 month period. The NCH will be obliged to follow international guidelines.

The proprietors of the NCH have run a hospital in Jaffna for over 25 years. They have not agreed to involve Dr Ravi Perumalpillai in setting up cardiac surgery and raising funds lightly. They have a lot to lose if this does not work. They have lived and worked in the situation for the last 30 years and survived, they will deliver.

What level of involvement will the trustees have?
Completely hands on and ensure the cardiac surgical service is established on a firm footing. We hope to be able to support other institutions after this first project as long as our generous donors continue to donate