New accident and emergency department for Savanna-la-Mar hospital
A new accident and emergency department will be built at the Savanna –la-Mar Public Hospital in Westmoreland.
This was announced by Minister of Health Fenton Ferguson when he toured the hospital and the Darliston and Williamsfield health centres last week.
Ferguson said the hospital’s accident and emergency unit saw more than 43,000 patients last year and that there is need for a new unit.
The minister also noted that refurbishing of the institution’s medical ward is far advanced and should be completed by the end of this month at a cost of approximately $20 million.
“I want to pay tribute to my predecessor Rudyard Spencer, former Minister of Health, because we have had at Savanna-la-Mar, the completion of the maternity unit back in 2011. We have started work on the medical ward, and that will increase the number from 24 to 36. We also intend to deal with the other wing in due course,” the minister said.
He indicated that plans are in place to bring a fleet of ambulances into the health system and that Savanna-la-Mar would be getting “its fair share” for the parish.
Ferguson said he is deeply concerned about medical records, and that as a matter of urgency, “we are looking at the electronic medical record system.”
“We have to move with haste to get to this system, because the paper-based system, as it is now, is inefficient, it is cumbersome and in many institutions new dockets have to be prepared for repeat patients,” he said.