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FFP donates 50 beds to St Ann's Bay Hospital

Sunday, August 06, 2017

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RESTORATION of the male's surgical ward at St Ann's Bay Hospital is an objective the institution's board and management can strike off their books, given that Food For the Poor (FFP) Jamaica recently intervened by donating 50 new hospital beds.

FFP Jamaica handed over the beds on July 6 following the completion of the refurbishing work done by American Friends of Jamaica.

Chief Executive Officer of St Ann's Bay Hospital Leo Garrel expressed how grateful he, his management team and staff were during the handover of the beds.

He said: “It's a male ward that can accommodate 45 beds, so the donation from FFP has outfitted the entire area. I always wanted something good to happen for the men because they are usually left behind, so I am very happy.”

As he reflected on the previous state of the ward, he said, “Persons utilising beds now were using chairs previously in the accident and emergency area. The roof was bad, had some leaks, different rooms needed repairs; tiling, windows, doors, painting, electrical works — a complete job was done”, with the assistance of American Friends of Jamaica.

Tanya Hamilton-Johnson, acting senior medical officer and general surgeon, also had high praises for FFP, because she believes the refurbished ward and beds will reduce overcrowding in other areas of the hospital.

“We are joyful because this donation will help to lessen the overcrowding, which was affecting health care delivery at the hospital. This overcrowding was significant so opening this ward, and getting the beds and mattresses from Food For the Poor will significantly reduce the overcrowding situation in the accident and emergency area,” Hamilton-Johnson said.

In responding to the comments from the executives of the hospital after handing over the beds, David Mair, executive director, FFP Jamaica, said the charity organisation was on a mission to outfit hospitals across Jamaica with new beds based on donations received.

“Health care in Jamaica is very dear to our hearts and enhancing patient care in Jamaica forms part of our mandate. This donation is one of a series of donations that we are working with the Ministry of Health to facilitate by outfitting as many hospitals as we can with hospital beds and mattresses. We started this drive last year and we are continuing with the donation of 50 hospital beds to St Ann's Bay Hospital, and we hope to bring in another 100 as soon as possible to assist other hospitals,” he said.

One unidentified patient also thanked FFP Jamaica for the beds.

He said: “Well, it's the best time and most comfort mi have since being admitted at this hospital. Mi neva comfortable so yet. The beds are new. The place is new. My other patient friends are new, but we are all so comfortable. I met in a bike accident in 2015, so I come to this hospital to finish up some surgeries. We are coming from far where spring used to juk mi inna mi back on the old beds, so mi feel happy bout dis new ward and the new beds.”

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