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Renovation of Chapelton Hospital affects services

Monday, December 04, 2017

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May Pen , Clarendon — Services at the Chapelton Community Hospital in northern Clarendon are to be temporarily reduced because of a $23.7 million renovation project which starts today.

According to a news release from the Southern Regional Health Authority, the renovation project will last for six months.

The release said Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton appealed for the understanding of residents during the period of the renovation, noting that while the hospital will not be closed there will be dislocation.

“The project will require some adjustments and dislocation in some instances, but you don't improve a facility without having some displacement and that is something that we urge residents to understand. We are continuing the process of improvement because we see where the need exists,” the health minister said.

“The population along this stretch has been increasing at an exponential level and given that the parish serves persons who also reside in St Catherine, the pressure on the system is significant. Part of what we are doing is looking at the facilities that exist that offer primary services at the health centre level but also the secondary services and see to what extent we need to improve and enhance,” he added.

Tufton urged the contractor, Costley's Construction, to complete the project within the stipulated timeline and also within budget. He added that there will be a review of the contract to contractors, to ensure that cost and time overruns attract greater penalties.

Renovation works will be carried out on the hospital's maternity and dental departments and the storeroom area. The scope of work will include the removal of timber roof and construction of concrete suspended roof to the maternity ward/delivery area in addition to renovations and repairs to windows and doors, floor and wall; tiling; painting; electrical installation; air-conditioning installation; plumbing installation; ceiling and wall finishes; joinery fittings; termite treatment and roof repairs.

The news release said that during the period of renovation works, the outpatient clinic at the hospital will be opened from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on weekdays and from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekends and public holidays.

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