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JAMAICA | Delay in Evacuating Main Building at Cornwall Regional Hospital

Featured Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton
KINGSTON, April 9, 2017 - The removal of patients from the main building at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James is expected to be completed today.

The exercise was slated to end yesterday evening with surgical patients being transferred to a new 35-bed facility at the Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny, however, Clinical Coordinator at Cornwall Regional, Dr Delroy Fray, is now projecting the removal to end today.

“Well I would say the removal has been progressing smoothly and as you can imagine, to remove patients takes sometime. We are about 50 per cent movement … you can imagine how tedious it is, because we have to remove the patients via ambulance. 

He said the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) helps in moving the beds and placing them in the ambulance.

Fray also said that the Dialysis Unit and the Radiotherapy Department at the main building at Cornwall Regional will continue to operate there.

Meanwhile, the Nurses' Association of  Jamaica (NAJ) says an assessment is to be carried out of members affected by noxious fumes at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

President of  the NAJ, Carmen Johnson, says the Association is particularly pleased about plans for the assessment of  staff.

“The other area that we are happy about is the continuation of the staff clinic and also to do an assessment to see what had gone wrong . He (Tufton) says that he will be partnering with PAHO (Pan American Health Organisation) to see how they do that assessment and how they plan move forward with the whole clinical outcome for our staff,” Johnson noted.

 

Last modified onMonday, 09 April 2018 09:51
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