Health Minister makes weekly visit to CRH

Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, was this afternoon briefed on mitigating efforts to relocate services from the main building of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, CRH. The briefing followed a tour of the newly retrofitted facility at West Jamaica Conference, WJC, which is adjacent to CRH. In total, 11 services have been relocated there.

Additionally, the following were discussed:

  • Dental, Psychiatry and OB/GYN clinics should be relocated to WJC within a few days in order to house all outpatient services under one roof.
  • The clinics currently serve 450-500 out-patients per day. At full strength, CRH serves about 700 clients per day. As the system becomes more organized, the hospital should get closer to capacity.
  • Paving will being in the week of March 20 for 13 temporary retrofitted containers.
  • 10 of those containers will house medical labs and the others will provide spaces for medical records and nurses’ station.
  • The student housing facility at CRH is being retrofitted to accommodate inpatients who are now on wards on the hospital’s main building.
  • Work is ongoing at Falmouth Hospital to restore the Operating Theatre with the likelihood of operations being possible within two weeks or earlier.
  • The University of the West Indies, UWI, and the University of Technology, UTECH, have been asked to collaborate on a study of the challenges at CRH to determine how they can inform best practices and policies.

United Nationals Office for Project Services, UNOPS and the Pan-American Health Organisation, PAHO representatives are still on the ground assisting with the rehabilitation process. Six engineering firms have been given two weeks to submit a plan for the design of a new ventilation system for CRH.