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NERHA probing death of St Ann hospital patient

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA) says it has launched an investigation into the death of a patient after receiving a written complaint on Friday, July 13 alleging medical negligence at the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital.

The letter was sent on July 17.

The NERHA, ina release today, said that a male diver was taken to the Accident and Emergency Department of the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital on Friday, July 13 with signs and symptoms of decompression illness.

“Initial management for the condition was started immediately. The medical treatment was to offerhyperbaric oxygen which could only be done at the Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory. Unfortunately the patient’s clinical symptoms deteriorated while preparations were ongoing for his transfer to the facility,” a hospital representative was quoted as saying.

Senior management of the hospital said that an initial meeting with the family members of the deceased was held in keeping with the hospital’s Complaint Mechanism System.

Notification has also been received from the attorney representing the deceased’s family and investigations are ongoing surrounding the allegations made in relation to the clinical management of the patient,” NERHA said in its release.

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