Bring back the private wards — Perrin
SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Custos Rotulorum for Westmoreland Canon Hartley Perrin has called for the return of private wards to the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital.
The operation of private wards at the facility, which opened its doors to the public on July 24, 1964, has been discontinued for more than two decades.
"I dream and pray for the day of the return of the private wards, which will add dignity and comfort to those who can afford occupancy at that level," the Westmoreland custos argued.
Meanwhile, Custos Perrin who was speaking on the grounds of the hospital last week during the facility's golden jubilee celebration, commended the workers for their sterling contribution to healthcare at the institution over the past 50 years.
He urged the workers to utilise the celebration period as a time for reflection and to evaluate the achievements and failures experienced at the hospital since it became operational.
The Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital operates as the only Type B Hospital in the western region.
In addition to serving the parish of Westmoreland, clients from the adjoining parishes of Hanover, St James and St Elizabeth also access its services, resulting in a reach of over 200,000 persons.
The hospital has a bed capacity of 164.
Custos Rotulorum for Westmoreland Canon Hartley Perrin speaking during the Golden Jubilee celebration ceremony of the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital last week.