May Pen Hospital renewed confidence in public health care

Friday, June 22, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Late January of this year I was admitted to May Pen Hospital's Maternity Ward for an emergency Caesarean section at 35 weeks' gestation, due to cholestasis of pregnancy.

The surgery was routine and I delivered a baby boy weighing 5.6 lb. Due to his gestation he had moderate respiratory distress and was admitted to the hospital's special care nursery. He was also treated for presumed sepsis and neonatal jaundice.

The paediatricians and nurses were very open and friendly and kept me up to date with my child's progress. The nursery was immaculate and cleanliness was of utmost importance. Over the course of the seven days my child was admitted he was well taken care of.

The nurses on the maternity ward were extremely friendly, respectful, and it was obvious they had a love for what they do; they made me feel extremely comfortable. They were very knowledgeable and exuded genuine care. There was always a nurse in sight ready and willing to assist. I wasn't in need of anything and never once witnessed a nurse ill-treating or speaking down to any patient.

This honestly came as a surprise to me as the public health sector does not have a good reputation in Jamaica. I was one of those people who vowed to have my child in a private hospital to spare myself the ill-treatment and atrocities I always heard about. I was admitted for six days and have zero complaints.

I'd like to extend my gratitude to Dr Neil Williamson and his team of doctors and nurses for their expertise, professionalism and care.

I'd also like to extend the same to Dr Curtis Pryce and his team of paediatricians and nurses for taking exceptional care of my infant, who is now a thriving five-month-old with zero health concerns.

Thank you, May Pen Hospital.

Alana Scott

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