The official ceremony for the newly improved Accident and Emergency Department and the commissioning of elevator into service at the Princess Margaret Hospital in St. Thomas was held on Thursday, July 4, 2019.
During his remarks at the function, Minister of Health & Wellness Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said that the A& E Department was renovated, expanded and equipped at a cost of $240 Million with funding from the National Health Fund. He added that the Department features nebulisation station, an expanded waiting area, separation of the Medical Records Area from the General A&E Waiting Area, ten beds in the emergency room. In addition, the A&E has four examination rooms, a minor operations room with a recovery area.
The funds for the modernized elevator at the Princess Margaret Hospital was also provided by the National Health Fund at an estimated cost of $11 Million.
The Renovation and Expansion Project forms part of a Redevelopment Project being implemented by the South East Regional Health Authority at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
In 2018, the physiotherapy services were introduced for the first time in the history of the hospital. Additionally, services were expanded to include laboratory services, internal medicine, gynecology and obstetrics services.
During his remarks at the function, Mr. Wentworth Charles, Board Chairman of SERHA said that X-Ray services were reintroduced with the purchase of a state-of-the-art X-Ray Unit, which served over 10,543 patients last year. Strengthening the diagnostic services at this facility is a strategic intervention to ease the burden on the Kingston Public Hospital.
The Princess Margaret Hospital has the distinction of being the only secondary health care facility in St. Thomas and it has the tremendous task of providing health care to over 120,000 residents. Princess Margaret Hospital is also a Type C facility.
Mr. Everton Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, National Health Fund said that the project is intended to meet the high demand for emergency treatment and improve the quality of patient care.